LPGA Tour

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

October 11-14

Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea

$2,000,000

October 11-14

Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea

$2,000,000

Round 3

Charley Hull and Danielle Kang tied for the lead heading into final round

October 13, 2018

Charley Hull and Danielle Kang tied for the lead heading into final round

Hull and Kang, who were among four players tied for the lead overnight, maintained their position at the top on Saturday as they held off Rolex Rankings World No. 1 Sung Hyun Park and No. 2 Jutanugarn to set the tournament pace heading into Sunday’s final round.

Playing in front of massive galleries alongside Sung Hyun Park and Ariya Jutanugarn was the just the tonic Charley Hull needed to produce good golf - and she duly delivered in Saturday's third round as she fired a bogey-free, 4-under 68 to end the day in a two-way tie at the top with Danielle Kang.

"It was fun today," said Hull. "It's great to see big galleries like this because it makes you have to play well because they are a pretty tough crowd to please. It was good fun playing with two great players, as well. I really enjoyed it. The conditions were pretty good, scorable conditions. I felt like I was playing pretty well. Played decent on the back nine, very steady and nice to finish with a birdie."

Hull and Kang finished level at 12-under 204 and will take a one-stroke lead over Jutanugarn into Sunday's final round with Hull seeking her second career victory on the LPGA Tour - and her first since the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship.

"Obviously winning tomorrow would be great," said the 22-year-old Hull, who has also recorded one victory on the Ladies European Tour at the 2014 Lalla Meryem Cup. "I think any win's good, but this one would be great. But I'm just not even getting ahead of myself. Just one step at a time -- one more step tomorrow."

Danielle Kang has not always been in the happiest spot with her golf over the past few months but she propelled herself into a prime position on Saturday, firing a 4-under 68 to end the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in a share of the lead.

After missing the cut in six of her previous eight starts on the LPGA Tour, Kang is now ideally placed to push on for her second victory on the circuit - and her first since the 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

"I'm just honestly really happy with the process at the moment," said Kang, after posting a 12-under total of 204. "I've been going through a lot of rough times through the last few months, and honestly, I'm just kind of still working through it a lot of the times. Even when I look really steady, I'm still fighting it and I'm just trying to get into the happy place again, just playing golf and not worrying about or having just anxiety or anything like that."

Kang loves being back in Korea, where she has spent some quality time over the past week with friends and family. "I love that I'm in the lead in Korea," she smiled. "We come here once a year and this is so special to me. In the beginning of the week, people kept asking, 'Are you ready to play?' I said, 'I'm just really, really happy.' I get to be around my friends and family and my cousins came out today. I'm focused, but I'm just happy to be here."

Two-time major winner In Gee Chun completed the third round with a 6-under 66, carding seven birdies against a lone bogey. Her third-round finish placed her just two strokes behind the leaders heading into the final round at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

“I tried to just trust myself and tried to focus on each shot, that helped me get a good score during the back nine, and it worked really well,” said Chun, who stormed home on Saturday with five birdies on the back nine.

Chun considers Team Korea’s victory at last week’s UL International Crown as a turning point in her career and hopes that the confidence she gained from that triumph will have a positive impact in Sunday’s final round.

“I think it was really good experience for me before [UL International Crown]. I was so nervous; I felt a lot of pressure. But we did, we made a win. Everyone said ‘Wow, In Gee, I think it was a good turning point for you.’ I just trust what they said and trust myself. It’s been working really well.”

Rolex Rankings No. 1 scenarios

Ariya Jutanugarn is projected to overtake Sung Hyun Park and move to Rolex Rankings No. 1 with a fourth place or better finish this week. With a win on Sunday, Jutanugarn would move to world no. 1 regardless of where Sung Hyun Park finishes.

The following scenarios are based on solo finishes:
•◦If Jutanugarn finishes second, Park would need to finish fourth or worse
•◦If Jutanugarn finishes third, Park would need to finish 10th or worse
•◦If Jutanugarn finishes fourth, Park would need to finish 22nd or worse

With a win…

Sung Hyun Park and Ariya Jutanugarn would lead for the most wins on Tour in 2018, with four wins

Jutanugarn is projected to move to World No. 1 regardless of where Park finishes

Jutanugarn would earn her 11th LPGA victory, which would be the most wins on the LPGA Tour from a player from Thailand

Charley Hull and Danielle Kang would become a two-time LPGA Tour winner; Hull’s last win on the Tour was at the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship and Kang’s last win was the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Hull and Kang would become the 22nd different winner of the 2018 LPGA season; Hull would become the second Englishwoman, joining Georgia Hall while Kang would become the seventh winner from the USA joining Brittany Lincicome, Jessica Korda, Michelle Wie, Annie Park, Marina Alex, Angela Stanford

Minjee Lee would earn her fifth LPGA 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)

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Charley Hull
-12
67
69
68
204
T1
Danielle Kang
-12
67
69
68
204
3
Ariya Jutanugarn
-11
69
67
69
205
T4
In Gee Chun
-10
70
70
66
206
T4
Minjee Lee
-10
68
71
67
206
T4
Lydia Ko
-10
70
68
68
206
T7
Seon Woo Bae
-9
71
69
67
207
T7
Sung Hyun Park
-9
68
68
71
207
9
Sandra Gal
-8
71
69
68
208
T10
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
73
73
65
211
T10
Jeongmin Cho
-5
74
70
67
211
T10
Lexi Thompson
-5
72
71
68
211
T10
Azahara Munoz
-5
71
72
68
211
T10
Nasa Hataoka
-5
65
73
73
211
15
Ji Hyun Kim
-4
69
73
70
212
T16
Carlota Ciganda
-3
73
71
69
213
T16
Bronte Law
-3
72
72
69
213
T16
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
74
69
70
213
T16
Jin Young Ko
-3
71
72
70
213
T16
Amy Olson
-3
69
72
72
213
T21
Jeongeun Lee6
-2
77
70
67
214
T21
Ji Hyun2 Kim
-2
75
72
67
214
T21
Nelly Korda
-2
75
70
69
214
T21
Ha Na Jang
-2
69
76
69
214
T21
Hyejin Choi
-2
73
71
70
214
T21
Ji Yeong2 Kim
-2
73
70
71
214
T27
Mo Martin
-1
74
71
70
215
T27
Anna Nordqvist
-1
70
75
70
215
T29
Jane Park
E
79
73
64
216
T29
Brittany Lincicome
E
72
76
68
216
T29
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
E
78
68
70
216
T29
Ji Hyun Oh
E
72
74
70
216
T29
Amy Yang
E
77
68
71
216
T29
Brittany Altomare
E
73
72
71
216
T29
Su Oh
E
72
72
72
216
T29
Sei Young Kim
E
71
72
73
216
T37
Pernilla Lindberg
1
75
74
68
217
T37
So Young Lee
1
79
69
69
217
T37
Pornanong Phatlum
1
75
73
69
217
T37
Moriya Jutanugarn
1
73
75
69
217
T37
Lizette Salas
1
75
72
70
217
T37
Yu Liu
1
69
75
73
217
T43
Cristie Kerr
2
73
74
71
218
T43
Marina Alex
2
72
75
71
218
T43
Angel Yin
2
73
73
72
218
T46
Caroline Masson
3
78
71
70
219
T46
Ayako Uehara
3
77
72
70
219
T46
Jacqui Concolino
3
75
73
71
219
T46
Jenny Shin
3
74
73
72
219
T46
Lindy Duncan
3
70
74
75
219
T51
Da Yeon Lee
4
76
72
72
220
T51
Shanshan Feng
4
75
72
73
220
T53
Chella Choi
5
74
75
72
221
T53
Eun-Hee Ji
5
73
75
73
221
T53
Hyun Kyung Park
5
72
76
73
221
T53
Chae Yoon Park
5
75
71
75
221
T57
Seoung yeoun Lee
6
76
75
71
222
T57
Megan Khang
6
79
71
72
222
T57
Seung Hyun Lee
6
74
76
72
222
T57
Katherine Kirk
6
76
73
73
222
T61
Michelle Wie
7
76
77
70
223
T61
Ryann O'Toole
7
78
73
72
223
T61
Yealimi Noh (a)
7
76
74
73
223
T64
Jeong Eun Lee
9
80
78
67
225
T64
Hyo Joo Kim
9
73
80
72
225
T64
Jessica Korda
9
77
74
74
225
T64
Peiyun Chien
9
76
74
75
225
T64
Xiang Sui
9
71
78
76
225
T69
Sarah Jane Smith
10
78
74
74
226
T69
Wei-Ling Hsu
10
74
76
76
226
T71
Emma Talley
11
77
76
74
227
T71
Jennifer Song
11
74
75
78
227
T73
Annie Park
12
82
76
70
228
T73
Ally McDonald
12
78
80
70
228
T73
Thidapa Suwannapura
12
78
74
76
228
76
Angela Stanford
14
80
76
74
230
T77
Mariah Stackhouse
15
79
80
72
231
T77
A Lim Kim
15
80
76
75
231
Pos.
Player
To Par
R3
Total
T1
Charley Hull
-12
68
204
T1
Danielle Kang
-12
68
204
3
Ariya Jutanugarn
-11
69
205
T4
In Gee Chun
-10
66
206
T4
Minjee Lee
-10
67
206
T4
Lydia Ko
-10
68
206
T7
Seon Woo Bae
-9
67
207
T7
Sung Hyun Park
-9
71
207
9
Sandra Gal
-8
68
208
T10
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
65
211
T10
Jeongmin Cho
-5
67
211
T10
Lexi Thompson
-5
68
211
T10
Azahara Munoz
-5
68
211
T10
Nasa Hataoka
-5
73
211
15
Ji Hyun Kim
-4
70
212
T16
Carlota Ciganda
-3
69
213
T16
Bronte Law
-3
69
213
T16
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
70
213
T16
Jin Young Ko
-3
70
213
T16
Amy Olson
-3
72
213
T21
Jeongeun Lee6
-2
67
214
T21
Ji Hyun2 Kim
-2
67
214
T21
Nelly Korda
-2
69
214
T21
Ha Na Jang
-2
69
214
T21
Hyejin Choi
-2
70
214
T21
Ji Yeong2 Kim
-2
71
214
T27
Mo Martin
-1
70
215
T27
Anna Nordqvist
-1
70
215
T29
Jane Park
E
64
216
T29
Brittany Lincicome
E
68
216
T29
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
E
70
216
T29
Ji Hyun Oh
E
70
216
T29
Amy Yang
E
71
216
T29
Brittany Altomare
E
71
216
T29
Su Oh
E
72
216
T29
Sei Young Kim
E
73
216
T37
Pernilla Lindberg
1
68
217
T37
So Young Lee
1
69
217
T37
Pornanong Phatlum
1
69
217
T37
Moriya Jutanugarn
1
69
217
T37
Lizette Salas
1
70
217
T37
Yu Liu
1
73
217
T43
Cristie Kerr
2
71
218
T43
Marina Alex
2
71
218
T43
Angel Yin
2
72
218
T46
Caroline Masson
3
70
219
T46
Ayako Uehara
3
70
219
T46
Jacqui Concolino
3
71
219
T46
Jenny Shin
3
72
219
T46
Lindy Duncan
3
75
219
T51
Da Yeon Lee
4
72
220
T51
Shanshan Feng
4
73
220
T53
Chella Choi
5
72
221
T53
Eun-Hee Ji
5
73
221
T53
Hyun Kyung Park
5
73
221
T53
Chae Yoon Park
5
75
221
T57
Seoung yeoun Lee
6
71
222
T57
Megan Khang
6
72
222
T57
Seung Hyun Lee
6
72
222
T57
Katherine Kirk
6
73
222
T61
Michelle Wie
7
70
223
T61
Ryann O'Toole
7
72
223
T61
Yealimi Noh (a)
7
73
223
T64
Jeong Eun Lee
9
67
225
T64
Hyo Joo Kim
9
72
225
T64
Jessica Korda
9
74
225
T64
Peiyun Chien
9
75
225
T64
Xiang Sui
9
76
225
T69
Sarah Jane Smith
10
74
226
T69
Wei-Ling Hsu
10
76
226
T71
Emma Talley
11
74
227
T71
Jennifer Song
11
78
227
T73
Annie Park
12
70
228
T73
Ally McDonald
12
70
228
T73
Thidapa Suwannapura
12
76
228
76
Angela Stanford
14
74
230
T77
Mariah Stackhouse
15
72
231
T77
A Lim Kim
15
75
231