HSBC Women's World Championship R3

Jutanugarn leads by one shot heading into final day

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February 28 – March 03
Sentosa Golf Club, Tanjong Course, Singapore
$1,500,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Ariya Jutanugarn started the day two shots off the pace but shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 for the outright lead on Saturday at the 2019 HSBC Women’s World Championship. This is Jutanugarn’s 12th start where she has held the lead or a share of the lead after 54 holes; she has won nine of the previous 11 events when she’s held the top spot going into the final round.

World No. 3 Minjee Lee carded a 5-under-par 67 for an overall total of -10, one shot shy of Jutanugarn’s lead, while England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff remains close behind at -9 after shooting a 4-under-par 68 in the third round. Sitting three shots behind Jutanugarn is a quartet of players vying for their first HSBC Women’s World Championship win – Jin Young Ko, Hyo Joo Kim, Amy Olson and Azahara Munoz .


Ariya Jutanugarn , the young 23-year-old from Thailand has accomplished many feats as a professional in her four years on the LPGA Tour including sweeping every major LPGA award in 2018; however, Jutanugarn is making a strong big to accomplish something that she’s never done before—claim an LPGA Tour victory in Asia.

“You know, one of my dreams, maybe started five years ago—I really want to win in Asia because I never have,” said the 10-time LPGA Tour winner.

Jutanugarn started out the two-week Asia stretch feeling very little confidence and shaky about her game, especially in Thailand where the pressure of playing well in front of huge home crowds made her nervous but her self-assessed game in Singapore at Sentosa Golf Club is showing much improvement.

“I’m getting a lot better because my first two rounds, I felt like I can’t really do, but today I finally made some (putts),” said Jutanugarn who made 26 putts in the third round. Her third-round 66 was bogey-free and so was her first-round 68. “I’ve been playing pretty good this week but one thing I have to keep doing, just focus on the things I can control because I just never know with my shot, it could be 12-under, I don’t know, I just have to do my best.”


Minjee Lee , a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is giving third-round leader Ariya Jutanugarn a good run with 18 holes to play in Singapore. Lee sits one shot off the lead after finishing at 5-under-par on the day.

“I feel pretty good. I feel like I’m hitting it pretty solid. I probably hit a couple drives here and there that I sort of sprayed a little bit. If I can get that straightened out and hole a couple more putts, then I think I’ll be all right,” said Lee, after shooting a 67 that included 29 putts.

Coming off the heels of a runner-up finish last week in Thailand and jumping four spots on the Rolex World Rankings, Lee’s competitive nature remains underrated but she continues to set her sights on much more than rankings.

“Well, my goal is to just grow the same, so I would just like to be a role model, follow in the footsteps of Karrie Webb for Australian golf and the golf world. I’d just like to be known as a good golf role model at the end of the day.”


Twice a runner-up during her LPGA Tour career without yet managing to record a maiden victory, Jodi Ewart Shadoff is aiming to use memories of previous close calls to help her bid this week to reach the winner’s circle for the first time. Ewart Shadoff heads into the final round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship at nine-under, just two strokes behind tournament leader Ariya Jutanugarn .

“I think it’s just putting myself into this position as much as I can, and being able to learn from it,” said the Englishwoman, who has tied for eighth in two of her first three starts of the 2019 LPGA Tour season – at the ISPS Handa Vic Open and the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. “I’ve had a couple of really good finishes this year already … so hopefully I can take that experience into tomorrow. Just stay in the moment and not get ahead of myself. I’m striking the ball well and hitting a lot of fairways. As long as I stick to the task at hand, I’ll hopefully do well.”

Ewart Shadoff, whose second-place finishes on the LPGA Tour came at the 2016 Citi Banamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational and the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open, has been especially pleased this week with how she has handled the slick greens on Sentosa Golf Club’s New Tanjong Course.

“My putting over past couple weeks has probably been my weakness,” she said. “It’s definitely improved this week, and I like the pace of these greens. I feel a bit more comfortable with my putting stroke than I have done in previous weeks. Again, it’s all good for the confidence.”


Overnight advice from some friends that she putt with the flagstick in the hole during the third round reaped instant reward for Jin Young Ko as she carded the equal lowest score of the day with a six-under 66. That left Ko three strokes off the pace after 54 holes in pursuit of her third career victory on the LPGA Tour.

“Putting, definitely putting, was the biggest thing for me today,” said 2018 LPGA Rookie of the Year Ko, after mixing seven birdies with a lone bogey. “First two days, my putting was not good so I had a little stress for putting. But then I try just to putt with the pin in the hole. My friends say to me, ‘Jin Young, how do you think about leaving the pin in, when putting for the hole?’ So I reply, ‘Okay, I will try today.’ It was really good. It was awesome. I used the same putting technique, I just needed a small target, the hole. So the pin is the target – really brilliant.”

Ko won her first LPGA Tour title as a non-member at the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, then added a second in her first official start as a member – at the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. What would a third win mean to her? “Always a win is good for me,” she smiled. “So if I win tomorrow, I think I will be crying on the green.”


Sung Hyun Park would earn her sixth LPGA Tour victory and with the $225,000 winner’s check, Park would cross the $4 million mark in career earnings; she would move from 82nd to 77th on the all-time LPGA Career Money List with $4,076,822

Minjee Lee would earn her fifth LPGA Tour victory, which would be fourth-most among Australian players on the LPGA All-Time Winners list, behind Karrie Webb (41), Jan Stephenson (16) and Rachel Hetherington (eight)

With the $225,000 winner’s check, Lee would cross the $5 million mark in career earnings and move to 63rd on the All-Time LPGA Money List with $5,009,469 in career earnings

Jodi Ewart Shadoff would become a Rolex First-Time Winner, the second player to win for the first time during the 2019 season

With the $225,000 winner’s check, Ewart Shadoff would move from 118th to 108th on the All-Time LPGA Career Money List with $2,996,873


Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn (1, -11)

· Jutanugarn is making her fifth HSBC Women’s World Championship appearance; her best finish was in 2017 with a 2nd place finish

· This week, Jutanugarn is making her fourth LPGA Tour start of 2019 —her previous finishes were T18 (Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions), 41st (ISPS Handa Australian Open) and 14th (Honda LPGA Thailand)

· Jutanugarn carded a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 in the third round, hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens

· Jutanugarn has previously held the lead or shared a tie of the lead through 54 holes in 11 starts; nine of which she finished with a win

· Jutanugarn is a 10-time LPGA Tour winner, two of which are majors (2018 U.S. Women’s Open and 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open)

Rolex Rankings No. 3 Minjee Lee (2, -10)

· Lee jumped four spots on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings to No. 3 after last week’s runner-up finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand

· Lee made seven birdies and two bogeys in the third round, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens

· Lee is making her fifth HSBC Women’s World Championship appearance; her best finish was T6 in 2018

· Lee is making her fourth start of the 2019 season; she missed the cut at the ISPS Handa Vic Open and finished T15 at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and had a runner-up finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand

· Lee is a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour; her last win was the 2018 LPGA Volvik Championship

Rolex Rankings No. 56 Jodi Ewart Shadoff (3, -9)

· Ewart Shadoff is making her sixth HSBC Women’s World Championship appearance; her best finish was in 2017 with a T15 finish

· This week, Ewart Shadoff is making her fourth start of 2019 – her previous finishes were T8 at the ISPS Handa Vic Open, T8 at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and a T29 finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand

· Ewart Shadoff carded a bogey-free 4-under-par in the third round, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens 

· Ewart Shadoff’s career-best finishes were runner-up finishes at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open and the 2016 Citi Banamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by AeroMexico and Delta

· Ewart Shadoff is a two-time member of the European Solheim Cup Team (2013, 2017) and two-time member of Team England at the UL International Crown (2016, 2018)


Quick hits

· 21 players in the top 20 represent 10 different countries (Thailand, Australia, England, Republic of Korea, USA, Spain, New Zealand, China, Canada, Japan)

· Ariya Jutanugarn and Jin Young Ko shot the day’s low round of 6-under-par 66

· The field was reduced to 60 players after three players withdrew during the first round: Amy Yang on Hole No. 3 due to illness; defending champion Michelle Wie on Hole 15 due to a hand injury and Sei Young Kim on Hole 13 due to a back injury


Tournament Scoring Records

18 holes: 62 (-10), Sei Young Kim (fourth round), 2018
36 holes: 131 (-13), Lorena Ochoa, 2008
54 holes: 200 (-16), Lorena Ochoa, 2008
72 holes: 268 (-20), Lorena Ochoa, 2008


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Ariya Jutanugarn
-11
68
71
66
205
2
Minjee Lee
-10
68
71
67
206
3
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-9
69
70
68
207
T4
Jin Young Ko
-8
69
73
66
208
T4
Hyo Joo Kim
-8
70
71
67
208
T6
Eun-Hee Ji
-7
71
71
67
209
T4
Azahara Munoz
-8
71
68
69
208
T4
Amy Olson
-8
68
69
71
208
T8
Sung Hyun Park
-7
69
71
69
209
T10
Lydia Ko
-5
72
70
69
211
T10
Inbee Park
-5
70
69
72
211
T12
Carlota Ciganda
-4
69
71
72
212
T12
Moriya Jutanugarn
-4
69
71
72
212
T14
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
75
71
67
213
T14
Brittany Altomare
-3
74
71
68
213
T14
Shanshan Feng
-3
69
76
68
213
T14
Nelly Korda
-3
74
70
69
213
T14
Cristie Kerr
-3
72
71
70
213
T19
Mi Hyang Lee
-2
74
73
67
214
T19
Jeong Eun Lee
-2
74
70
70
214
T19
Nasa Hataoka
-2
69
72
73
214
T22
Bronte Law
-1
73
74
68
215
T22
Caroline Masson
-1
73
71
71
215
T22
Celine Boutier
-1
68
75
72
215
T25
So Yeon Ryu
E
75
74
67
216
T25
In Gee Chun
E
70
71
75
216
T27
Thidapa Suwannapura
1
74
76
67
217
T27
Lizette Salas
1
77
72
68
217
T27
Chella Choi
1
76
71
70
217
T27
Gaby Lopez
1
72
75
70
217
T27
Angel Yin
1
75
71
71
217
T27
Yu Liu
1
68
78
71
217
T27
Sarah Jane Smith
1
76
69
72
217
T27
Georgia Hall
1
73
71
73
217
T27
Jeongeun Lee6
1
70
74
73
217
T36
Megan Khang
2
72
75
71
218
T36
Anna Nordqvist
2
76
69
73
218
T36
Jacqui Concolino
2
73
72
73
218
T36
Emma Talley
2
70
73
75
218
T40
Annie Park
3
73
72
74
219
T40
Charley Hull
3
72
73
74
219
T42
Pornanong Phatlum
4
74
74
72
220
T42
Lindy Duncan
4
72
75
73
220
T42
Pernilla Lindberg
4
72
75
73
220
T45
Austin Ernst
5
73
73
75
221
T45
Lexi Thompson
5
72
74
75
221
T47
Jennifer Song
7
76
75
72
223
T47
Wei-Ling Hsu
7
71
80
72
223
T49
Jenny Shin
8
77
74
73
224
T49
Marina Alex
8
72
74
78
224
T49
Mo Martin
8
72
73
79
224
52
Sandra Gal
9
74
73
78
225
53
Danielle Kang
10
70
75
81
226
54
Ryann O’Toole
12
74
80
74
228
55
Angela Stanford
13
74
80
75
229
T56
Su Oh
14
77
75
78
230
T56
Catriona Matthew
14
77
75
78
230
58
Gerina Piller
15
75
81
75
231
59
Muni He
17
76
78
79
233
60
Amanda Tan
30
83
84
79
246
WD
Sei Young Kim
WD
Michelle Wie
WD
Amy Yang
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