LPGA Drive On Championship R3

Ally McDonald takes one-shot lead into final day

October 22-25
Reynolds Lake Oconee, Great Waters Course, Greensboro, Georgia
$1,300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




Overnight leader Ally McDonald started her third round at Reynold Lake Oconee on the wrong foot with a bogey on the opening hole. Birdies on the 5th, 8th and 9th put her back in the lead and she held on to it for the rest of the day in spite of a bogey on the 17th.


“Missed it a little right of the pin,” she said of her approach on the 9th. “But that’s exactly why I have the strategy that I do, because I’m not going to hit it exactly where I want to every single time. I was looking a little left and a little past the pin and I hit it a little short and a little right, and just so happened it was four feet right of the hole; was able to roll that in.



McDonald holds the 54-hole lead for the first time in her career.

“I played some really solid golf after I kind of settled in. Made a few bad swings towards the end of the round, but I’m not going to discredit how I really did settle in and played solid golf for most of my holes. So I’m excited with the position I’m in. Mentally I think I handled myself really well. Ready to take on tomorrow.” 


Rookie Bianca Pagdanganan, playing alongside McDonald and Danielle Kang, is one shot back at 12-under.

“I was just like telling my caddie, I was telling Brandon, it’s fine if the putts aren’t dropping, but I’m giving myself really, really good opportunities. Eventually they’re going to have to drop. Probably take a little more time to read the green. But after I made the putt on 17 I was judge I can oh, my goodness, like finally. Like literally a sigh of relief. Coming into 18 I was like, okay, just hit a good drive and give yourself another good chance to make a birdie. ”



Kang closed with a 70, two shots behind McDonald. Her round included two bogeys on the 2nd and 10th holes and a double bogey at the 16th.

“I’m very frustrated today, but there was a lot of up and downs. But I think I handled the curve balls pretty well. Good to finish on a birdie.”

Kang has been in good form this year placing in the top 15 at six of the ten events played this year.



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“The swing felt, it didn’t feel quite all there, so I’m going to go tweak it today and hit it better tomorrow. I think tomorrow, getting everything together and just firing from the start will be pretty key. The other two girls are playing pretty well, so I’ve got to focus on my game. Everyone’s game is very different. I can’t really worry about them.”

Carlota Ciganda carded a single bogey and five birdies to close with a 68 and solo fourth place.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Ally McDonald
-13
66
68
69
203
2
Bianca Pagdanganan
-12
68
67
69
204
3
Danielle Kang
-11
65
70
70
205
4
Carlota Ciganda
-10
73
65
68
206
5
Katherine Kirk
-9
72
65
70
207
T6
Brittany Altomare
-8
71
67
70
208
T6
Mina Harigae
-8
72
68
68
208
T6
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
67
69
72
208
T9
Megan Khang
-7
71
70
68
209
T9
Lydia Ko
-7
71
70
68
209
T9
Pernilla Lindberg
-7
68
69
72
209
T9
Angel Yin
-7
72
67
70
209
T13
Chella Choi
-6
69
69
72
210
T13
Lindy Duncan
-6
71
71
68
210
T13
Hannah Green
-6
74
68
68
210
T13
Yealimi Noh
-6
72
69
69
210
T13
Mel Reid
-6
69
68
73
210
T18
Matilda Castren
-5
69
69
73
211
T18
Gaby Lopez
-5
70
71
70
211
T18
Liz Nagel
-5
73
73
65
211
T18
Sarah Schmelzel
-5
72
71
68
211
T18
Jennifer Song
-5
65
75
71
211
T18
Lindsey Weaver
-5
67
72
72
211
T24
Cristie Kerr
-4
73
70
69
212
T24
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
70
71
71
212
T24
Stacy Lewis
-4
70
71
71
212
T24
Brittany Lincicome
-4
72
70
70
212
T24
Su Oh
-4
71
72
69
212
T24
Alena Sharp
-4
70
69
73
212
T30
Celine Boutier
-3
69
70
74
213
T30
Maria Fassi
-3
73
71
69
213
T30
Christina Kim
-3
71
70
72
213
T30
Mariah Stackhouse
-3
70
75
68
213
T30
Elizabeth Szokol
-3
71
70
72
213
T30
Lexi Thompson
-3
71
74
68
213
T36
Lauren Coughlin
-2
69
75
70
214
T36
Austin Ernst
-2
75
72
67
214
T36
Cheyenne Knight
-2
72
72
70
214
T36
Brittany Lang
-2
71
70
73
214
T36
Esther Lee
-2
71
72
71
214
T36
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
74
70
70
214
T36
Robynn Ree
-2
70
70
74
214
T36
Marissa Steen
-2
68
72
74
214
T44
Perrine Delacour
-1
69
70
76
215
T44
Haeji Kang
-1
71
75
69
215
T44
Andrea Lee
-1
75
68
72
215
T44
Caroline Masson
-1
71
73
71
215
T44
Stephanie Meadow
-1
74
70
71
215
T44
Wichanee Meechai
-1
73
72
70
215
T44
Kelly Tan
-1
70
71
74
215
T51
Kristen Gillman
E
70
75
71
216
T51
Eun-Hee Ji
E
72
70
74
216
T51
Xiyu Lin
E
74
69
73
216
T51
Yu Liu
E
76
69
71
216
T55
Daniela Darquea
1
72
73
72
217
T55
Moriya Jutanugarn
1
75
69
73
217
T55
Gerina Piller
1
72
75
70
217
T55
Sophia Popov
1
72
71
74
217
T55
Jenny Shin
1
71
76
70
217
T55
Jing Yan
1
75
70
72
217
T61
Jessica Korda
2
74
67
77
218
T61
Minjee Lee
2
70
73
75
218
T61
Haley Moore
2
71
75
72
218
T61
Azahara Munoz
2
75
72
71
218
T61
Annie Park
2
74
71
73
218
T61
Angela Stanford
2
72
72
74
218
T61
Patty Tavatanakit
2
72
71
75
218
68
Leona Maguire
3
74
72
73
219
T69
Linnea Johansson
4
73
73
74
220
T69
Amy Olson
4
72
73
75
220
T69
Morgan Pressel
4
71
76
73
220
T69
Anne van Dam
4
74
70
76
220
T73
Brianna Do
6
72
74
76
222
T73
Julieta Granada
6
74
73
75
222
T75
Ashleigh Buhai
7
72
74
77
223
T75
Alana Uriell
7
71
76
76
223
77
Yujeong Son
8
76
71
77
224
78
Jiwon Jeon
9
72
75
78
225
CUT
Jennifer Chang
4
74
74
148
CUT
Tiffany Joh
4
72
76
148
CUT
Kim Kaufman
4
71
77
148
CUT
Lizette Salas
4
75
73
148
CUT
Linnea Strom
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
4
71
77
148
CUT
Emma Talley
4
70
78
148
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
5
70
79
149
CUT
Juli Inkster
5
77
72
149
CUT
Min Seo Kwak
5
72
77
149
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
5
75
74
149
CUT
Klara Spilkova
5
80
69
149
CUT
Sarah Burnham
6
76
74
150
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
6
78
72
150
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ayako Uehara
6
71
79
150
CUT
Sarah Kemp
7
76
75
151
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
7
77
74
151
CUT
Jenny Coleman
8
77
75
152
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
9
74
79
153
CUT
Jaclyn Lee
9
80
73
153
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
9
76
77
153
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
9
77
76
153
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
10
78
76
154
CUT
Maia Schechter
10
79
75
154
CUT
Dana Finkelstein
11
77
78
155
CUT
Jillian Hollis
11
77
78
155
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
11
76
79
155
CUT
Lee Lopez
12
79
77
156
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