LPGA Tour

Indy Women in Tech Championship

August 16-19

Brickyard Crossing Golf Club, Spreedway, Indiana

$2,000,000

August 16-19

Brickyard Crossing Golf Club, Spreedway, Indiana

$2,000,000

Round 3

Lizette Salas regains lead in Indiana

August 18, 2018

Lizette Salas waited patiently for Sung Hyun Park to make a rare mistake Saturday.

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When the South Korean mishit her approach shot into the water on the par-4 16th, Salas capitalized quickly.

She rolled in her birdie putt then watched Park make double bogey – a three-shot swing that gave Salas the lead and the momentum heading into the final round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship. Salas closed out her 8-under 64 with a birdie on No. 18 to reach 21 under – two shots ahead of Park and Amy Yang.

“I have been striking the ball really well, and I just had to stay patient,” Salas said. “And yeah, putts dropped for sure. I just really felt comfortable.”

If she keeps it up one more day, Salas could be celebrating her first tour win since the 2014 Kingsmill Championship and her second overall. With five of the next six players on the leader board ranked in the world’s top 30, Salas knows it won’t be easy.

The changing weather conditions weather might not help, either. If the forecast for mostly sunny conditions Sunday holds, the soft greens that have kept scores at near record-lows through the first three rounds could suddenly become quicker and less forgiving.

But the 29-year-old Californian seems to have the perfect touch for this course, which weaves around and inside the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

She shot three sub-par rounds and finished tied for fifth last year here. This year, she has three more sub-par rounds including a course record-tying 62 on Thursday and has been atop the leader board each of the first three days.

“I have been so confident the whole year,” Salas said. “I have a different mentality, I’m a different player. So I’m just going to go out and play as if I’m behind.”

Salas’ toughest challenge still could from Park, who spent most of Saturday flirting with a 54-hole scoring record.

She birdied the last four holes on the front side and made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 to reach 21 under with a chance to become the sixth LPGA player to ever finish three rounds at 23 under.

The miscue at No. 16 changed everything.

She never really recovered after dropping two shots, settling for par on the final two holes for a 66 after shooting 68 and 63 the first two days. Yang finished with a 65 after going 68 and 64.

“I was a little weary with right-to-left wind,” Park said. “I think a little bit of weariness got to me, but overall, it’s OK.”

Defending champion Lexi Thompson was five shots back after completing the final nine of the second round in 2 under 34 and shooting 64 in the afternoon.

She made up ground despite being assessed a one-stroke penalty after hitting her tee shot on No. 10 into the sixth fairway and lifting the ball without authority. Rules officials had implemented the preferred lies rule because more than an inch of rain had doused the course.

Thompson still made her par on the hole though it temporarily broke her momentum after making six birdies on the front nine in her first appearance since taking a monthlong break to recover from physical and mental exhaustion.

“Twenty-seven holes, I definitely had a few tired swings toward the end,” said Thompson, who finished each of the first two rounds with 68s. “But overall, a lot of positives. I hit it great. I made some really good putts.”

Three players – Nasa Hataoka of Japan, Jin Young Ko of South Korea and Mina Harigae – were tied at 15 under. Ko started the third round with a share of the lead but had three bogeys in a round of 70.

Now, all Salas has to do is cash in one more time.

“I’ve been knocking on the door quite a bit in the last four years, haven’t been able to get it done,” Salas said. “I’ve got good players behind me, I’ve just got to play my game.”

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Lizette Salas
-21
62
69
64
195
T2
Amy Yang
-19
68
64
65
197
T2
Sung Hyun Park
-19
68
63
66
197
4
Lexi Thompson
-16
68
68
64
200
T5
Mina Harigae
-15
69
67
65
201
T5
Nasa Hataoka
-15
64
69
68
201
T5
Jin Young Ko
-15
65
66
70
201
8
Angel Yin
-14
64
69
69
202
T9
Brianna Do
-13
66
70
67
203
T9
Danielle Kang
-13
65
68
70
203
T11
Marina Alex
-12
68
70
66
204
T11
Hannah Green
-12
69
67
68
204
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
-12
70
65
69
204
T11
Jennifer Song
-12
68
67
69
204
T11
Mi Hyang Lee
-12
66
69
69
204
T11
Thidapa Suwannapura
-12
67
67
70
204
T17
Bronte Law
-11
69
69
67
205
T17
Chella Choi
-11
68
70
67
205
T17
Lydia Ko
-11
66
71
68
205
T17
Cristie Kerr
-11
69
67
69
205
T21
Eun-Hee Ji
-10
71
69
66
206
T21
So Yeon Ryu
-10
68
71
67
206
T21
Wichanee Meechai
-10
70
68
68
206
T21
Wei-Ling Hsu
-10
67
71
68
206
T21
Emma Talley
-10
70
67
69
206
T21
Madeleine Sheils
-10
67
70
69
206
T21
Caroline Hedwall
-10
65
68
73
206
T28
Jenny Shin
-9
72
68
67
207
T28
Brittany Lang
-9
69
71
67
207
T28
Brooke M. Henderson
-9
70
69
68
207
T28
Jeong Eun Lee
-9
70
69
68
207
T28
Caroline Inglis
-9
69
70
68
207
T28
Shanshan Feng
-9
69
70
68
207
T28
Angela Stanford
-9
68
71
68
207
T28
Jane Park
-9
65
74
68
207
T28
Jessica Korda
-9
71
67
69
207
T28
Sandra Gal
-9
70
68
69
207
T28
Haeji Kang
-9
71
66
70
207
T28
Cindy LaCrosse
-9
70
67
70
207
T28
Paula Reto
-9
69
68
70
207
T28
Jackie Stoelting
-9
70
66
71
207
T42
Beatriz Recari
-8
69
70
69
208
T42
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-8
68
70
70
208
T42
Alena Sharp
-8
67
71
70
208
T42
Austin Ernst
-8
68
68
72
208
T42
Pernilla Lindberg
-8
67
69
72
208
T42
Ashleigh Buhai
-8
66
70
72
208
T48
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
68
72
69
209
T48
Katherine Kirk
-7
71
68
70
209
T48
Morgan Pressel
-7
70
69
70
209
T48
Caroline Masson
-7
69
70
70
209
T48
Jaye Marie Green
-7
70
68
71
209
T48
Candie Kung
-7
70
68
71
209
T48
Yu Liu
-7
69
69
71
209
T48
Sophia Popov
-7
70
67
72
209
T48
Maria Torres
-7
68
69
72
209
T48
Katelyn Dambaugh
-7
69
67
73
209
T58
Lindy Duncan
-6
70
70
70
210
T58
Jacqui Concolino
-6
70
69
71
210
T58
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-6
70
69
71
210
T58
Mariah Stackhouse
-6
66
72
72
210
T58
Kris Tamulis
-6
69
68
73
210
T58
Carlota Ciganda
-6
66
70
74
210
64
Julieta Granada
-5
68
71
72
211
65
Brittany Altomare
-4
70
69
73
212
T66
Nicole Broch Larsen
-3
67
73
73
213
T66
Azahara Munoz
-3
70
69
74
213
T66
Erica Shepherd (a)
-3
71
67
75
213
T66
Camilla Lennarth
-3
70
68
75
213
T70
Dori Carter
-2
72
68
74
214
T70
Annie Park
-2
70
70
74
214
72
Peiyun Chien
-1
72
68
75
215
73
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
1
70
70
77
217
CUT
Kim Kaufman
-3
74
67
CUT
Yani Tseng
-3
74
67
CUT
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-3
72
69
CUT
Ryann O'Toole
-3
72
69
CUT
Mo Martin
-3
71
70
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
-3
71
70
CUT
Alison Lee
-3
70
71
CUT
Brittany Marchand
-3
70
71
CUT
Hee Young Park
-3
70
71
CUT
Kassidy Teare
-3
70
71
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-3
69
72
CUT
Celine Herbin
-3
68
73
CUT
Mel Reid
-3
68
73
CUT
Sakura Yokomine
-3
68
73
CUT
Mariajo Uribe
-3
67
74
CUT
Xiyu Lin
-3
66
75
CUT
Lauren Kim
-2
74
68
CUT
Daniela Iacobelli
-2
73
69
CUT
P.K. Kongkraphan
-2
73
69
CUT
Luna Sobron
-2
73
69
CUT
Celine Boutier
-2
72
70
CUT
Lauren Coughlin
-2
71
71
CUT
Lee-Anne Pace
-2
71
71
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
-2
71
71
CUT
Christina Kim
-2
70
72
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
70
72
CUT
Minjee Lee
-2
69
73
CUT
Ji Eun Baik
-1
73
70
CUT
Tiffany Joh
-1
72
71
CUT
Sydnee Michaels
-1
72
71
CUT
Emily Pedersen
-1
72
71
CUT
Kelly Shon
-1
72
71
CUT
Megan Khang
-1
71
72
CUT
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-1
71
72
CUT
Lee Lopez
-1
70
73
CUT
Su Oh
-1
70
73
CUT
Amy Olson
-1
70
73
CUT
Tiffany Chan
-1
69
74
CUT
Ally McDonald
E
76
68
CUT
Katelyn Sepmoree
E
74
70
CUT
Aditi Ashok
E
72
72
CUT
Perrine Delacour
E
72
72
CUT
Benyapa Niphatsophon
E
72
72
CUT
Mirim Lee
1
74
71
CUT
Laetitia Beck
1
72
73
CUT
Daniela Darquea
1
72
73
CUT
Haru Nomura
1
72
73
CUT
Sophia Schubert
1
72
73
CUT
Becky Morgan
1
70
75
CUT
Jessy Tang
1
70
75
CUT
Min Lee
2
78
68
CUT
Cydney Clanton
2
74
72
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
2
74
72
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
2
73
73
CUT
Allison Emrey
2
71
75
CUT
Danah Bordner
2
70
76
CUT
Rebecca Artis
2
69
77
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh
3
76
71
CUT
Maddie McCrary
4
77
71
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
4
77
71
CUT
Katie Burnett
4
74
74
CUT
Amelia Lewis
5
78
71
CUT
Paula Creamer
5
74
75
CUT
Gaby Lopez
5
72
77
CUT
Jing Yan
6
76
74
CUT
Samantha Troyanovich
7
75
76
CUT
Robynn Ree
8
82
70
CUT
Emily Tubert
8
77
75
CUT
Erynne Lee
9
77
76
CUT
Leticia Ras-Anderica
9
75
78
WD
Giulia Molinaro
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
Lizette Salas
-21
195
T2
Amy Yang
-19
197
T2
Sung Hyun Park
-19
197
4
Lexi Thompson
-16
200
T5
Mina Harigae
-15
201
T5
Nasa Hataoka
-15
201
T5
Jin Young Ko
-15
201
8
Angel Yin
-14
202
T9
Brianna Do
-13
203
T9
Danielle Kang
-13
203
T11
Marina Alex
-12
204
T11
Hannah Green
-12
204
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
-12
204
T11
Jennifer Song
-12
204
T11
Mi Hyang Lee
-12
204
T11
Thidapa Suwannapura
-12
204
T17
Bronte Law
-11
205
T17
Chella Choi
-11
205
T17
Lydia Ko
-11
205
T17
Cristie Kerr
-11
205
T21
Eun-Hee Ji
-10
206
T21
So Yeon Ryu
-10
206
T21
Wichanee Meechai
-10
206
T21
Wei-Ling Hsu
-10
206
T21
Emma Talley
-10
206
T21
Madeleine Sheils
-10
206
T21
Caroline Hedwall
-10
206
T28
Jenny Shin
-9
207
T28
Brittany Lang
-9
207
T28
Brooke M. Henderson
-9
207
T28
Jeong Eun Lee
-9
207
T28
Caroline Inglis
-9
207
T28
Shanshan Feng
-9
207
T28
Angela Stanford
-9
207
T28
Jane Park
-9
207
T28
Jessica Korda
-9
207
T28
Sandra Gal
-9
207
T28
Haeji Kang
-9
207
T28
Cindy LaCrosse
-9
207
T28
Paula Reto
-9
207
T28
Jackie Stoelting
-9
207
T42
Beatriz Recari
-8
208
T42
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-8
208
T42
Alena Sharp
-8
208
T42
Austin Ernst
-8
208
T42
Pernilla Lindberg
-8
208
T42
Ashleigh Buhai
-8
208
T48
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
209
T48
Katherine Kirk
-7
209
T48
Morgan Pressel
-7
209
T48
Caroline Masson
-7
209
T48
Jaye Marie Green
-7
209
T48
Candie Kung
-7
209
T48
Yu Liu
-7
209
T48
Sophia Popov
-7
209
T48
Maria Torres
-7
209
T48
Katelyn Dambaugh
-7
209
T58
Lindy Duncan
-6
210
T58
Jacqui Concolino
-6
210
T58
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-6
210
T58
Mariah Stackhouse
-6
210
T58
Kris Tamulis
-6
210
T58
Carlota Ciganda
-6
210
64
Julieta Granada
-5
211
65
Brittany Altomare
-4
212
T66
Nicole Broch Larsen
-3
213
T66
Azahara Munoz
-3
213
T66
Erica Shepherd (a)
-3
213
T66
Camilla Lennarth
-3
213
T70
Dori Carter
-2
214
T70
Annie Park
-2
214
72
Peiyun Chien
-1
215
73
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
1
217
CUT
Kim Kaufman
-3
CUT
Yani Tseng
-3
CUT
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-3
CUT
Ryann O'Toole
-3
CUT
Mo Martin
-3
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
-3
CUT
Alison Lee
-3
CUT
Brittany Marchand
-3
CUT
Hee Young Park
-3
CUT
Kassidy Teare
-3
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-3
CUT
Celine Herbin
-3
CUT
Mel Reid
-3
CUT
Sakura Yokomine
-3
CUT
Mariajo Uribe
-3
CUT
Xiyu Lin
-3
CUT
Lauren Kim
-2
CUT
Daniela Iacobelli
-2
CUT
P.K. Kongkraphan
-2
CUT
Luna Sobron
-2
CUT
Celine Boutier
-2
CUT
Lauren Coughlin
-2
CUT
Lee-Anne Pace
-2
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
-2
CUT
Christina Kim
-2
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
CUT
Minjee Lee
-2
CUT
Ji Eun Baik
-1
CUT
Tiffany Joh
-1
CUT
Sydnee Michaels
-1
CUT
Emily Pedersen
-1
CUT
Kelly Shon
-1
CUT
Megan Khang
-1
CUT
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-1
CUT
Lee Lopez
-1
CUT
Su Oh
-1
CUT
Amy Olson
-1
CUT
Tiffany Chan
-1
CUT
Ally McDonald
E
CUT
Katelyn Sepmoree
E
CUT
Aditi Ashok
E
CUT
Perrine Delacour
E
CUT
Benyapa Niphatsophon
E
CUT
Mirim Lee
1
CUT
Laetitia Beck
1
CUT
Daniela Darquea
1
CUT
Haru Nomura
1
CUT
Sophia Schubert
1
CUT
Becky Morgan
1
CUT
Jessy Tang
1
CUT
Min Lee
2
CUT
Cydney Clanton
2
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
2
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
2
CUT
Allison Emrey
2
CUT
Danah Bordner
2
CUT
Rebecca Artis
2
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh
3
CUT
Maddie McCrary
4
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
4
CUT
Katie Burnett
4
CUT
Amelia Lewis
5
CUT
Paula Creamer
5
CUT
Gaby Lopez
5
CUT
Jing Yan
6
CUT
Samantha Troyanovich
7
CUT
Robynn Ree
8
CUT
Emily Tubert
8
CUT
Erynne Lee
9
CUT
Leticia Ras-Anderica
9
WD
Giulia Molinaro