Lotte Championship R3

Lydia Ko takes 1-shot lead at Kapolei GC

Lotte Championship 2021 R3
April 14-17
Kapolei Golf Club, Oahu, Hawaii
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

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Lydia Ko carded a third-round 65 to sit at 21-under rising to the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day at the LOTTE Championship. Her 195 sets the new tournament record, four strokes better than Su-Yeon Jang’s 199 in 2017. After getting off to a slow start, she carded only two birdies on her first seven holes, before kicking it into high gear in her final holes. The 23-year-old birdied four of her last five holes, maintaining her second-consecutive bogey-free round of the tournament.



Lotte Championship 2021 R3

“My front nine I didn’t get off to a fast compared to my other — well, the first two rounds, but I tried to stay patient and give myself good looks for birdies. I had a stretch in the middle of the front nine where I had really long putts for birdies. So just trying to not make stupid mistakes and kind of keep it in control.Nice to finish up the round with two birdies on the last two holes. This is a golf course where even though it’s windy it seems like everybody is playing so well, so you’re just trying to make your share of birdies,” said Ko. “I’ve just been having a lot of fun out here, and that’s kind of the mindset for tomorrow as well.”


Lotte Championship 2021 R3

Nelly Korda’s third-round 63 ties her career-low 18 holes. She birdied six of her opening nine holes, hitting every green in regulation on the front nine. Despite a bogey on the 10th, which Korda notes was due to her regretful tee shot, the 22-year-old finished strong with birdies in three of her last four holes. Korda returns to the final grouping at the LOTTE Championship just like in 2019 when she shared the 54-hole lead with eventual champion Brooke Henderson, but ultimately finished eighth at -9. This year, she’s looking to change the narrative as she goes for her second title of 2021.

“I just feel like it’s like home. Kind of the same grass, wind, you know, I just like the layout of the golf course. Hitting it close and making putts, you know, it’s going well so far this week, so hopefully I can keep it going for 18 more holes.”


Lotte Championship 2021 R3

The 36-hole leader Yuka Saso fell to third after starting her round with four bogeys and three birdies on her front nine. The 19-year-old mentally reset heading into the last nine holes, recording two more birdies to fire a 71 and finish at -17.

“When I don’t really play well or when I — when the thing doesn’t go my way I don’t really talk too much. You know, I’ve been trying to fix that. I’m trying to communicate with my caddie as much as can rather than just being quiet. Yeah, I think I did that well today,” said Saso.


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Lotte Championship 2021 R3

Leona Maguire took advantage of moving day in her own right, setting a personal-best round of 65 to sit at 16-under. Amy Yang is six strokes back of leader Ko at 15-under, after firing her lowest round since the third round of the 2019 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic (64).

“I was hitting the ball really solid out there and also putted so well. The hitting ball was very solid and I gave myself a lot of good chances, and at the same time putting was working well, so it was helping me like shooting low score today.”

Lexi Thompson, Hyo Joo Kim and 2015 LOTTE champion Sei Young Kim sit in a tie for sixth at 14-under, with seven players tied for ninth at 13-under, including major champion Hannah Greenand Tour winner Ally Ewing.

Lotte Championship 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
1
Lydia Ko
-21
67-63-65
195
2
Nelly Korda
-20
65-68-63
196
3
Yuka Saso
-17
64-64-71
199
4
Leona Maguire
-16
68-67-65
200
5
Amy Yang
-15
69-68-64
201
T6
Lexi Thompson
-14
68-67-67
202
T6
Sei Young Kim
-14
67-68-67
202
T6
Hyo Joo Kim
-14
68-65-69
202
T9
Wei-Ling Hsu
-13
67-73-63
203
T9
Sarah Schmelzel
-13
69-69-65
203
T9
Hannah Green
-13
70-67-66
203
T9
Linnea Strom
-13
69-67-67
203
T9
Brittany Altomare
-13
64-71-68
203
T9
Ally Ewing
-13
65-69-69
203
T9
Luna Sobron Galmes
-13
69-64-70
203
T16
Georgia Hall
-12
70-68-66
204
T16
Nicole Broch Larsen
-12
68-70-66
204
T16
Inbee Park
-12
71-66-67
204
T16
Klara Spilkova
-12
69-68-67
204
T16
Brooke M. Henderson
-12
68-68-68
204
T16
A Lim Kim
-12
70-64-70
204
T16
So Yeon Ryu
-12
65-68-71
204
T23
Xiyu Lin
-11
69-72-64
205
T23
Matilda Castren
-11
71-69-65
205
T23
Caroline Masson
-11
74-65-66
205
T23
Esther Henseleit
-11
71-68-66
205
T23
Yealimi Noh
-11
69-70-66
205
T23
Hinako Shibuno
-11
68-71-66
205
T23
Austin Ernst
-11
69-68-68
205
T23
Danielle Kang
-11
68-69-68
205
T23
Yu Liu
-11
68-69-68
205
T23
Paula Reto
-11
69-67-69
205
T23
Mi Hyang Lee
-11
67-68-70
205
T23
Rose Zhang (a)
-11
67-68-70
205
T23
Brianna Do
-11
68-66-71
205
T36
Jennifer Chang
-10
72-69-65
206
T36
Lauren Coughlin
-10
70-69-67
206
T36
Jenny Shin
-10
69-70-67
206
T36
Angela Stanford
-10
69-70-67
206
T40
Su Oh
-9
73-68-66
207
T40
Kelly Tan
-9
72-69-66
207
T40
Mind Muangkhumsakul
-9
72-68-67
207
T40
Jeongeun Lee
-9
69-71-67
207
T40
Celine Herbin
-9
70-69-68
207
T40
Amy Olson
-9
69-68-70
207
T40
Jennifer Kupcho
-9
68-69-70
207
T40
In Gee Chun
-9
68-69-70
207
T40
Jessica Korda
-9
67-70-70
207
T40
Stacy Lewis
-9
66-70-71
207
T50
Mina Harigae
-8
71-70-67
208
T50
Tiffany Chan
-8
70-71-67
208
T50
Jeongeun Lee6
-8
69-72-67
208
T50
Pernilla Lindberg
-8
73-67-68
208
T50
Lizette Salas
-8
71-68-69
208
T50
Aditi Ashok
-8
69-69-70
208
T50
Alison Lee
-8
70-67-71
208
T50
Azahara Munoz
-8
69-68-71
208
T58
Haeji Kang
-7
69-72-68
209
T58
Na Yeon Choi
-7
69-72-68
209
T58
Chella Choi
-7
70-70-69
209
T58
Lindsey Weaver
-7
72-67-70
209
T58
Alena Sharp
-7
71-66-72
209
T63
Haley Moore
-6
70-71-69
210
T63
Louise Ridderstrom
-6
70-71-69
210
T63
Jillian Hollis
-6
70-69-71
210
T63
Anne van Dam
-6
68-70-72
210
T63
Stephanie Meadow
-6
67-70-73
210
T68
Jing Yan
-5
75-66-70
211
T68
Gerina Piller
-5
71-70-70
211
T68
Nasa Hataoka
-5
71-69-71
211
T68
Kristen Gillman
-5
70-70-71
211
T72
Dana Finkelstein
-4
73-68-71
212
T72
Giulia Molinaro
-4
72-69-71
212
T72
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-4
72-69-71
212
T72
Kyung Kim
-4
69-72-71
212
76
Sarah Burnham
-2
70-68-76
214
Ariya Jutanugarn
CUT
74-68
142
Min Seo Kwak
CUT
74-68
142
Elizabeth Szokol
CUT
73-69
142
Nuria Iturrioz
CUT
71-71
142
Minjee Lee
CUT
71-71
142
Ssu-Chia Cheng
CUT
70-72
142
Gabriela Ruffels
CUT
70-72
142
Jiwon Jeon
CUT
75-68
143
Cristie Kerr
CUT
73-70
143
Brittany Lang
CUT
73-70
143
Wichanee Meechai
CUT
73-70
143
Pajaree Anannarukarn
CUT
72-71
143
Cydney Clanton
CUT
72-71
143
Eun-Hee Ji
CUT
72-71
143
Haru Nomura
CUT
72-71
143
Albane Valenzuela
CUT
72-71
143
Cheyenne Woods
CUT
72-71
143
Moriya Jutanugarn
CUT
71-72
143
Cheyenne Knight
CUT
71-72
143
Pornanong Phatlum
CUT
71-72
143
Lindy Duncan
CUT
70-73
143
Maria Fernanda Torres
CUT
70-73
143
Katherine Kirk
CUT
69-74
143
Muni He
CUT
68-75
143
Bianca Pagdanganan
CUT
76-68
144
Kim Metraux
CUT
73-71
144
Perrine Delacour
CUT
71-73
144
Maria Fassi
CUT
71-73
144
Robynn Ree
CUT
71-73
144
Pavarisa Yoktuan
CUT
77-68
145
Dottie Ardina
CUT
75-70
145
Sarah Jane Smith
CUT
75-70
145
Ayako Uehara
CUT
75-70
145
Lauren Kim
CUT
73-72
145
Jasmine Suwannapura
CUT
73-72
145
Lee Lopez
CUT
72-73
145
Kendall Dye
CUT
71-74
145
Gemma Dryburgh
CUT
76-70
146
Jaclyn Lee
CUT
75-71
146
Ashleigh Buhai
CUT
74-72
146
Jennifer Song
CUT
74-72
146
Caroline Inglis
CUT
73-73
146
Yui Kawamoto
CUT
73-73
146
Jacqui Concolino
CUT
71-75
146
Jenny Coleman
CUT
69-77
146
Kim Kaufman
CUT
76-71
147
Ana Belac
CUT
75-72
147
Daniela Darquea
CUT
75-72
147
Lauren Stephenson
CUT
74-73
147
Christina Kim
CUT
76-72
148
Esther Lee
CUT
75-73
148
Katherine Perry-Hamski
CUT
74-74
148
Marissa Steen
CUT
74-74
148
Youngin Chun
CUT
73-75
148
Alana Uriell
CUT
73-75
148
Ryann O’Toole
CUT
72-76
148
Min Lee
CUT
78-71
149
Mariah Stackhouse
CUT
78-71
149
Tiffany Joh
CUT
76-73
149
Yujeong Son
CUT
76-73
149
Liz Nagel
CUT
75-74
149
Emma Talley
CUT
77-73
150
Linnea Johansson
CUT
75-75
150
Andrea Lee
CUT
75-75
150
Maia Schechter
CUT
77-74
151
Yani Tseng
CUT
79-81
160
Suzuka Yamaguchi
CUT
78-82
160
Mo Martin
WD
77
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