Hugel-Air Premia LA Open - R3

Minjee Lee leading by one shot

April 25-28
Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, California
$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Minjee Lee and Nanna Koerstz Madsen started Saturday’s play at the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open sitting first and second, respectively. Fast forward 18 holes and the duo kept their spots at the top of the leaderboard at Wilshire Country Club. Both players carded third-round 67s on Saturday, with Lee (-11) carrying a one-stroke lead over Koerstz Madsen (-10) into Sunday’s final round.

“I think both of us, Nanna and I, we made a lot of birdies today,” said Lee, who carded seven birdies to Koerstz Madsen’s six. “I think we sort of fed off each other, which was really nice.”

Former Rolex Rankings No. 1 and 19-time LPGA winner Inbee Park shot a 68 on Saturday and jumped into solo third at -7, with current World No. 1 Jin Young Ko and major champion Morgan Pressel tied for fourth at -6.

Lee bounces back from unlucky 7

Minjee Lee ‘s 4-under 67 featured seven birdies and one most unfortunate triple-bogey. After opening with consecutive birdies, Lee’s second shot at the par-4 third clipped a tree branch and crashed down 50 yards short of the green. After sending her third shot over the green, Lee ultimately took a 7 on the hole.

“I just sort of tried to forget about it. What can you do that early in the round?” said Lee. “Just try to get it back as much as I could and try and stay in the lead. Yeah, I mean, pretty much what I said before: try and hit as many good shots as I could out there.

Lemons keep Koestz Madsen cool on the course

Known for her emotions on the course, Nanna Koerstz Madsen worked hard to her cool and stay in contention at the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open. Her process that helps her staying calm? A couple lemons in her bag.

“I have this thing where if I get too nervous or mad, I can take a lemon and bite on the lemon,” said Koerstz Madsen. The second-year LPGA player got the idea from her mental coach and has been using the method all season. “It’s like taking your senses away from whatever you’re on and thinking about this lemon, which is really disgusting and not very nice,” said Koerstz Madsen. 

She only bit a lemon once today, after a three-putt on No. 11. Overall, she has felt good on the course over the last three rounds. Koerstz Madsen, who will be in the final grouping for the first time in her LPGA career, said she will not do anything differently tomorrow to stay calm. “Really just focus on my own game,” she said. “If it’s enough, that’s good and I’m happy with whatever. I mean, I’m already happy with how I’ve been emotionally this week. Yeah, just going to enjoy tomorrow I think.”

With a win

Minjee Lee would earn her fifth LPGA Tour victory; only Karrie Webb (41), Jan Stephenson (16) and Rachel Hetherington (8) have more wins among Australian players

With the $225,000 winner’s check, Lee would move to $5,317,468 in career earnings, projecting her to move past Katherine Kirk and become the third-winningest player from Australia, behind Karrie Webb ($20,254,718) and Rachel Hetherington ($5,730,915)

Nanna Koerstz Madsen would become the first player from Denmark to win on the LPGA Tour

Koerstz Madsen would become the season’s second Rolex First-Time Winner, joining Celine Boutier

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Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 4 Minjee Lee (66-69-67—202)

This is the fourth time in Lee’s career that she has held the lead after 54 holes; she won the 2016 Blue Bay LPGA and the 2018 LPGA Volvik Championship, and finished second at the 2019 Honda LPGA Thailand

Lee’s 202 is tied for the third-best 54-hole score of her career

She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 28 putts

Lee is in her fifth season on the LPGA Tour; she has four career victories, most recently at the 2018 LPGA Volvik Championship

This is Lee’s ninth event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; her best finish is second at the Honda LPGA Thailand and HSBC Women’s World Championship

She is competing in her second HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open; she tied for seventh in 2018

She represented Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, finishing T7


Rolex Rankings No. 193 Nanna Koerstz Madsen (69-67-67—203)

This is the first time in Koerstz Madsen’s LPGA Tour career that she will play in the final group on Sunday

Koerstz Madsen’s 203 is tied for the best 54-hole score of her career; she previously shot 203 at the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, where she ultimately finished tied for 15th

She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, with 29 putts

Koerstz Madsen is in her second season on the LPGA Tour; her best finish is second at the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open as a non-Member

This is Koerstz Madsen’s seventh event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; her best finish is 26th at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

She is competing in her second HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open; she missed the cut in 2018

Koerstz Madsen won three times as a Symetra Tour rookie in 2017 and reached the LPGA Tour via the Volvik Race for the Card

She represented Denmark at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, finishing T13

No player from Denmark has won on the LPGA Tour


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Minjee Lee
-11
66
69
67
202
2
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-10
69
67
67
203
3
Inbee Park
-7
68
70
68
206
T4
Jin Young Ko
-6
70
70
67
207
T4
Morgan Pressel
-6
71
66
70
207
T6
Megan Khang
-5
72
72
64
208
T6
Annie Park
-5
70
72
66
208
T6
Sei Young Kim
-5
70
70
68
208
T6
Danielle Kang
-5
72
66
70
208
T10
Hannah Green
-4
65
73
71
209
T10
Stacy Lewis
-4
65
73
71
209
T12
Kristen Gillman
-3
69
74
67
210
T12
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
68
73
69
210
T12
Charley Hull
-3
71
69
70
210
T12
Ally McDonald
-3
71
69
70
210
T12
Jing Yan
-3
68
71
71
210
T12
Lizette Salas
-3
68
71
71
210
T12
Gaby Lopez
-3
69
68
73
210
T19
Brittany Lang
-2
73
71
67
211
T19
Chella Choi
-2
71
73
67
211
T19
Mariajo Uribe
-2
71
72
68
211
T19
Haeji Kang
-2
71
71
69
211
T19
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
70
71
70
211
T19
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-2
70
70
71
211
T25
Mirim Lee
-1
71
74
67
212
T25
Lydia Ko
-1
70
73
69
212
T25
Lindsey Weaver
-1
70
73
69
212
T25
Amy Yang
-1
71
71
70
212
T25
Jenny Shin
-1
71
71
70
212
T25
Carlota Ciganda
-1
73
68
71
212
T25
Azahara Munoz
-1
71
70
71
212
T25
Aditi Ashok
-1
70
71
71
212
T25
Isi Gabsa
-1
68
71
73
212
T34
Dana Finkelstein
E
74
70
69
213
T34
In-Kyung Kim
E
71
73
69
213
T34
Angela Stanford
E
70
73
70
213
T34
Sarah Jane Smith
E
68
74
71
213
T34
Christina Kim
E
70
71
72
213
T34
Dani Holmqvist
E
70
69
74
213
T34
So Yeon Ryu
E
70
69
74
213
T41
Wichanee Meechai
1
74
71
69
214
T41
Brittany Altomare
1
72
72
70
214
T41
Mina Harigae
1
71
73
70
214
T41
Angel Yin
1
68
76
70
214
T41
Mel Reid
1
72
71
71
214
T41
Lauren Stephenson
1
72
70
72
214
T41
Katherine Kirk
1
71
71
72
214
T41
Klara Spilkova
1
69
72
73
214
T41
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
1
67
74
73
214
T41
Jaclyn Lee
1
71
67
76
214
T41
Shanshan Feng
1
68
70
76
214
T52
Anne van Dam
2
74
71
70
215
T52
Sarah Schmelzel
2
72
72
71
215
T52
Eun-Hee Ji
2
71
73
71
215
T52
Madelene Sagstrom
2
70
74
71
215
T52
Mi Jung Hur
2
74
66
75
215
T52
Ryann O’Toole
2
69
71
75
215
T58
Gemma Dryburgh
3
72
73
71
216
T58
Pavarisa Yoktuan
3
74
70
72
216
T58
Kris Tamulis
3
71
73
72
216
T58
Maria Torres
3
71
73
72
216
T58
Hee Young Park
3
73
70
73
216
T58
Cristie Kerr
3
70
72
74
216
T64
Amy Olson
4
75
70
72
217
T64
Pornanong Phatlum
4
74
71
72
217
T64
Ariya Jutanugarn
4
73
71
73
217
T64
Stephanie Meadow
4
70
73
74
217
T64
Pernilla Lindberg
4
70
73
74
217
69
Cheyenne Knight
5
73
71
74
218
70
Lee-Anne Pace
6
73
72
74
219
71
Emma Talley
7
70
74
76
220
CUT
Sarah Burnham
4
76
70
CUT
Haru Nomura
4
76
70
CUT
Jessica Korda
4
74
72
CUT
Lindy Duncan
4
73
73
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
4
73
73
CUT
Su Oh
4
73
73
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
4
73
73
CUT
Celine Boutier
4
72
74
CUT
Nicole Broch Larsen
4
72
74
CUT
Bronte Law
4
72
74
CUT
Brittany Lincicome
4
71
75
CUT
Karine Icher
5
77
70
CUT
Sung Hyun Park
5
76
71
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
5
75
72
CUT
Muni He
5
75
72
CUT
Lexi Thompson
5
75
72
CUT
Jungmin Hong (a)
5
74
73
CUT
Xiyu Lin
5
74
73
CUT
Becca Huffer
5
73
74
CUT
Jane Park
5
72
75
CUT
In Gee Chun
5
71
76
CUT
Tiffany Joh
6
77
71
CUT
Ruixin Liu
6
76
72
CUT
Beatriz Recari
6
76
72
CUT
Celine Herbin
6
75
73
CUT
Jeong Eun Lee
6
75
73
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
6
75
73
CUT
Alena Sharp
6
73
75
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
6
73
75
CUT
Ayako Uehara
6
73
75
CUT
Dori Carter
6
71
77
CUT
Austin Ernst
6
70
78
CUT
Tiffany Chan
7
77
72
CUT
Yu Liu
7
77
72
CUT
Maddie McCrary
7
77
72
CUT
Anna Nordqvist
7
76
73
CUT
Jennifer Song
7
76
73
CUT
Dottie Ardina
7
75
74
CUT
Georgia Hall
7
75
74
CUT
Kim Kaufman
7
75
74
CUT
Daniela Darquea
7
74
75
CUT
Moriya Jutanugarn
7
71
78
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
7
68
81
CUT
Peiyun Chien
8
76
74
CUT
Sandra Gal
8
76
74
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
8
76
74
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
8
76
74
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
8
75
75
CUT
Brianna Do
8
74
76
CUT
Kristy McPherson
8
74
76
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
8
74
76
CUT
Na Yeon Choi
8
73
77
CUT
Nelly Korda
8
73
77
CUT
Catriona Matthew
8
73
77
CUT
Sakura Yokomine
8
73
77
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
8
72
78
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
9
76
75
CUT
Paula Creamer
9
75
76
CUT
Juli Inkster
9
75
76
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
9
73
78
CUT
Gerina Piller
9
72
79
CUT
Alison Lee
10
75
77
CUT
Caroline Masson
10
73
79
CUT
Linnea Strom
11
79
74
CUT
Lauren Kim
11
77
76
CUT
Clariss Guce
11
76
77
CUT
Brittany Marchand
12
77
77
CUT
Joanna Klatten
12
75
79
CUT
Youngin Chun
13
73
82
CUT
Alana Uriell
14
75
81
CUT
Kendall Dye
16
78
80
CUT
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
16
75
83
WD
Natalie Gulbis
76
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