Honda LPGA Thailand - R3

Amy Yang & Minjee Lee tied for lead in Thailand

February 21-24
Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand
$1,600,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Amy Yang, the two-time champion of the Honda LPGA Thailand shot a second consecutive round of 6-under 66 in Round 3 to take a share of the lead. Yang can’t seem to explain why Thailand has been the site of two of her three LPGA Tour wins.


“I really don’t know. Only thing I know is I’m enjoying this tournament and I enjoy this golf course so much. That’s it,” said Yang, who hit 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation on Saturday. “I played so solid today. Hit a lot of solid shots and made some good putts out there. I feel good. I played good today.”

Minjee Lee shares the lead with Yang after a third round 67.

“I feel pretty solid. I’ve been holing a couple more putts this week than the other two weeks that I played, so that’s a good sign. I have been hitting it pretty solid, so that’s pretty nice, too,” said Lee.

Jenny Shin made two bogeys through her first five holes, struggling to make putts on her round Saturday. The second-round leader finally managed to make birdie on the par-5 7th, but couldn’t get back to even par until she reached No. 17. 

“I was okay after those two birdies. It was a grind on the front nine but I was optimistic until the end and was rewarded with an eagle,” said Shin who has Travis Wilson, Stacy Lewis’ caddie, on her bag this week. “I had lots of fun with my caddie today. More than the last two rounds. It would’ve been tough without much laughter to get through.”

Things turned around just in the nick of time on No. 18 when she holed out for eagle from 60 yards using a 58-degree sand wedge.

“I got goosebumps all over when I heard the crowd!! It was a phenomenal feeling! It almost washed away all my frustration from my lip outs today,” exclaimed Shin, currently solo third at -13. 

Last week’s winner of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Nelly Korda shot up nine spots on the leaderboard to a tie for fourth after shooting one of the day’s low round score of 6-under 66 for an overall score of -12.

“I’m just hitting it really solid and just have a bit more confidence obviously coming off of last week,” said Korda who, with a win, would be the first player to win back-to-back tournaments since Shanshan Feng won the 2017 TOTO Japan Classic and Blue Bay LPGA. “Obviously [Jessica] is really upset she can’t be here. No, I know she’s been watching on TV and she’s a little jealous that I’m out here and she’s home on the other side of the earth. But, yeah, going to take it day by day.”


Brooke Henderson , along with fellow competitors in the field, have taken full advantage of the convenient and inexpensive Thai foot massages this week. Henderson, currently tied in seventh with four other players ( Yu Liu , Carlota Ciganda , Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas ), finished her round and revealed her plans to unwind and kick her feet up.

“Foot massage. Pretty excited about that,” Henderson said after she carded another 6-under 66 round. “Dinner, rest, and get ready for tomorrow.”

Henderson’s best Honda LPGA Thailand finish is T7 in 2018 where she finished 16-under par.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Amy Yang
-15
69
66
66
201
T1
Minjee Lee
-15
65
69
67
201
3
Jenny Shin
-13
65
68
70
203
T4
Nelly Korda
-12
69
69
66
204
T4
Austin Ernst
-12
69
66
69
204
T4
Eun-Hee Ji
-12
63
71
70
204
T7
Brooke M. Henderson
-11
66
73
66
205
T7
Yu Liu
-11
68
70
67
205
T7
Danielle Kang
-11
65
71
69
205
T8
Carlota Ciganda
-11
70
67
68
205
T7
Lizette Salas
-11
66
68
71
205
12
Amy Olson
-9
68
67
72
207
T13
Cristie Kerr
-8
75
67
66
208
T13
Shanshan Feng
-8
71
71
66
208
T13
Michelle Wie
-8
68
72
68
208
T13
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
68
72
68
208
T13
Moriya Jutanugarn
-8
69
68
71
208
T13
Katherine Kirk
-8
66
71
71
208
T19
Sei Young Kim
-7
71
71
67
209
T19
Megan Khang
-7
70
69
70
209
21
Angel Yin
-6
70
72
68
210
T22
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-5
70
72
69
211
T22
Lindy Duncan
-5
69
73
69
211
T22
Jennifer Song
-5
66
75
70
211
T22
Lydia Ko
-5
73
67
71
211
T26
Muni He
-4
71
70
71
212
T26
Mo Martin
-4
67
74
71
212
T26
Hyo Joo Kim
-4
70
70
72
212
T26
Bronte Law
-4
68
72
72
212
T26
Ayako Uehara
-4
68
71
73
212
T26
Ryann O’Toole
-4
69
68
75
212
T32
Marina Alex
-3
69
76
68
213
T32
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
71
73
69
213
T32
Brittany Altomare
-3
69
75
69
213
T31
Sung Hyun Park
-3
69
72
72
213
T31
Jacqui Concolino
-3
69
71
73
213
T31
Charley Hull
-3
69
71
73
213
T32
Georgia Hall
-3
72
66
75
213
T39
Jeong Eun Lee
-2
73
73
68
214
T39
So Yeon Ryu
-2
74
71
69
214
T39
Lexi Thompson
-2
74
71
69
214
T39
Thidapa Suwannapura
-2
72
73
69
214
T39
Pernilla Lindberg
-2
73
71
70
214
T39
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
71
73
70
214
T39
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-2
72
71
71
214
T39
Gaby Lopez
-2
71
72
71
214
T39
Sandra Gal
-2
69
73
72
214
T48
Emma Talley
-1
74
75
66
215
T48
Anna Nordqvist
-1
73
73
69
215
T48
Jin Young Ko
-1
72
73
70
215
T48
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
-1
70
75
70
215
T48
Celine Boutier
-1
72
71
72
215
T48
In Gee Chun
-1
69
73
73
215
T48
Ally McDonald
-1
69
72
74
215
T55
Azahara Munoz
E
73
71
72
216
T55
Chella Choi
E
71
72
73
216
T57
Pajaree Anannarukarn
1
77
72
68
217
T57
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
76
72
69
217
59
Sarah Jane Smith
2
74
74
70
218
60
Nasa Hataoka
3
73
74
72
219
T61
Beatriz Recari
4
74
73
73
220
T61
Annie Park
4
74
72
74
220
T63
Su Oh
5
73
75
73
221
T63
Suzuka Yamaguchi
5
73
75
73
221
T65
Benyapa Niphatsophon
6
75
75
72
222
T65
Caroline Masson
6
71
76
75
222
67
Paula Creamer
7
72
75
76
223
68
Hina Arakaki
8
71
77
76
224
69
Angela Stanford
11
72
75
80
227
70
Ribka Vania (a)
13
74
81
74
229
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