LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship R3

Min Lee takes 2-stroke lead into the final day at Lake Merced

MEDIHEAL Championship 2021 R3
June 10-13
Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, California
$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

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Min Lee fired a 68 to take a two-stroke lead at 9-under in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. Coming off her third Symetra Tour victory at the Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship, she is looking for her first win and holds the 54-hole lead for the first time since joining the LPGA in 2015. Her total 207 is her lowest 54-hole score since the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic when she posted a 206.


MEDIHEAL Championship 2021 R3

“I didn’t really think about making a birdie on the golf course because I’m just t.rying to play smart and try to play my own game. I have probably five straight pars when I’m turning back, but I just gave myself a lot of chances to make birdies,” said Lee. “If it goes in, it goes in. If doesn’t go in, I’ll just, next shot.”

Lee started her round with a birdie at the first, and after her lone bogey of the day at the 5th, made four more birdies over her last ten holes including three in her final four. A win would make her the second winner from Chinese Taipei this season, following Wei-Ling Hsu at the Pure Silk Championship.


MEDIHEAL Championship 2021 R3

“I mean, because [Wei-Ling and I] grew up together, we’re about the same age, and we trained together growing up. We have been classmates all the time, and I really think about if she can make it, I can do it, too,” said Lee. “So that’s the thing in my mind. I hope this week I’ll have a good finish.”

Matilda Castren, only the second Finnish player to play on Tour, and Lauren Kim round out Sunday’s final grouping, with both players making a birdie at the 18th to secure their spot in the trio for the first time in their LPGA Tour careers.


MEDIHEAL Championship 2021 R3

“I just tried to make some pars and made a couple birdies, so I was like 1- or 2-under for most of the round and managed to take advantage of the par-5s and luckily birdied No. 18, so that was really nice,” said Castren. “Played here once few years ago in a Monday Qualifier. It was my first year as a pro, so it was a really nice experience to see what it’s like to play on an LPGA course. I really like it. It’s very similar to Olympic [Club] that we played last week, so I feel like that was a really good prep for me coming into this week.”


MEDIHEAL Championship 2021 R3

LPGA Tour rookie Albane Valenzuela fired a 68 to sit in a tie for fourth with 2020 U.S. Women’s Open champion A Lim Kim at 6-under. Five players are 5-under and tied for sixth, including 36-hole leader Danielle Kang, who had an unfortunate double bogey at the 18th after going out of bounds from a greenside bunker to add to three bogeys and three birdies on Saturday.

Of the ten players within four shots of Lee’s lead, seven are looking to become the third Rolex First-Time Winner of the 2021 season.

MEDIHEAL Championship 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
1
Min Lee
-9
70-69-68
207
T2
Matilda Castren
-7
71-69-69
209
T2
Lauren Kim
-7
69-69-71
209
T4
Albane Valenzuela
-6
68-74-68
210
T4
A Lim Kim
-6
72-69-69
210
T6
Lindsey Weaver
-5
73-69-69
211
T6
Jenny Shin
-5
72-69-70
211
T6
Jennifer Kupcho
-5
69-72-70
211
T6
Jenny Coleman
-5
71-69-71
211
T6
Danielle Kang
-5
71-66-74
211
T11
Lydia Ko
-4
72-70-70
212
T11
Ashleigh Buhai
-4
71-71-70
212
T11
Lucy Li
-4
71-71-70
212
T11
Yealimi Noh
-4
72-69-71
212
T11
Patty Tavatanakit
-4
70-71-71
212
T11
Leona Maguire
-4
65-73-74
212
T17
So Yeon Ryu
-3
73-73-67
213
T17
Mina Harigae
-3
73-71-69
213
T17
Lexi Thompson
-3
71-72-70
213
T17
Min Seo Kwak
-3
71-71-71
213
T17
Angel Yin
-3
72-69-72
213
T17
Jane Park
-3
69-71-73
213
T23
Cydney Clanton
-2
75-71-68
214
T23
Ryann O’Toole
-2
73-71-70
214
T23
Inbee Park
-2
69-75-70
214
T23
Hannah Green
-2
72-71-71
214
T23
Annie Park
-2
72-70-72
214
T23
Jasmine Suwannapura
-2
66-76-72
214
T23
Charley Hull
-2
73-68-73
214
T23
Da Yeon Lee
-2
69-72-73
214
T23
Alison Lee
-2
68-72-74
214
T32
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-1
74-69-72
215
T32
Shanshan Feng
-1
73-70-72
215
T32
Yu Liu
-1
72-69-74
215
T32
Su Oh
-1
71-70-74
215
T36
Sei Young Kim
E
73-74-69
216
T36
Emma Talley
E
71-75-70
216
T36
Sarah Schmelzel
E
74-69-73
216
T39
Ayako Uehara
+1
75-73-69
217
T39
Michelle Wie West
+1
73-75-69
217
T39
Georgia Hall
+1
77-70-70
217
T39
Celine Boutier
+1
72-75-70
217
T39
Hyo Joo Kim
+1
71-74-72
217
T39
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
+1
74-70-73
217
T39
Jeongeun Lee
+1
71-73-73
217
T39
Wei-Ling Hsu
+1
74-69-74
217
T39
Nicole Broch Larsen
+1
72-71-74
217
T39
Lindy Duncan
+1
72-70-75
217
T39
Lauren Stephenson
+1
70-71-76
217
T50
Hee Young Park
+2
76-71-71
218
T50
Xiyu Lin
+2
73-73-72
218
T50
Sarah Jane Smith
+2
73-73-72
218
T50
Alena Sharp
+2
75-69-74
218
T50
Haeji Kang
+2
73-71-74
218
T50
Dana Finkelstein
+2
72-72-74
218
T50
Minjee Lee
+2
73-69-76
218
T57
Brittany Lincicome
+3
76-72-71
219
T57
Azahara Munoz
+3
75-73-71
219
T57
Esther Henseleit
+3
77-70-72
219
T57
Haru Nomura
+3
78-68-73
219
T57
Linnea Johansson
+3
73-72-74
219
T62
Kristy McPherson
+4
75-73-72
220
T62
Janie Jackson
+4
76-71-73
220
T62
Katherine Kirk
+4
75-72-73
220
T62
Kendall Dye
+4
72-72-76
220
T66
Giulia Molinaro
+5
76-72-73
221
T66
Kelly Tan
+5
75-73-73
221
T66
Wichanee Meechai
+5
72-76-73
221
T66
Jennifer Song
+5
74-73-74
221
T66
Ana Belac
+5
72-75-74
221
T66
Bianca Pagdanganan
+5
71-73-77
221
T66
Jing Yan
+5
71-72-78
221
T73
Kyung Kim
+6
72-76-74
222
T73
Klara Spilkova
+6
71-76-75
222
75
Mariajo Uribe
+7
69-76-78
223
T76
Gemma Dryburgh
+8
73-74-77
224
T76
Pornanong Phatlum
+8
72-73-79
224
78
Jacqui Concolino
+10
75-72-79
226
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol  
78-71
149
CUT
Dottie Ardina  
77-72
149
CUT
Katelyn Dambaugh  
77-72
149
CUT
Mo Martin  
77-72
149
CUT
Gerina Piller  
76-73
149
CUT
Sarah Burnham  
74-75
149
CUT
Leslie Cloots  
74-75
149
CUT
Paula Reto  
74-75
149
CUT
Linnea Strom  
71-78
149
CUT
Ssu-Chia Cheng  
78-72
150
CUT
Brianna Do  
76-74
150
CUT
Esther Lee  
76-74
150
CUT
Paula Creamer  
75-75
150
CUT
Perrine Delacour  
75-75
150
CUT
Andrea Wong  
75-75
150
CUT
Tiffany Chan  
74-76
150
CUT
Christina Kim  
74-76
150
CUT
Liz Nagel  
74-76
150
CUT
Lauren Coughlin  
72-78
150
CUT
Dani Holmqvist  
79-72
151
CUT
Kristen Gillman  
77-74
151
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul  
76-75
151
CUT
Benyapa Niphatsophon  
76-75
151
CUT
Kathleen Scavo  
75-76
151
CUT
Bronte Law  
74-77
151
CUT
Anne van Dam  
72-79
151
CUT
Juli Inkster  
77-75
152
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom  
77-75
152
CUT
Na Yeon Choi  
76-76
152
CUT
Lee Lopez  
76-76
152
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse  
75-77
152
CUT
Jiwon Jeon  
74-78
152
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee  
74-78
152
CUT
Caroline Inglis  
73-79
152
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg  
73-79
152
CUT
Jillian Hollis  
72-80
152
CUT
Alana Uriell  
81-72
153
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras  
80-73
153
CUT
Daniela Darquea  
79-74
153
CUT
Maria Fassi  
79-74
153
CUT
Yujeong Son  
77-76
153
CUT
Marissa Steen  
76-77
153
CUT
Mirim Lee  
73-80
153
CUT
Tiffany Joh  
81-73
154
CUT
Anne-Catherine Tanguay  
79-75
154
CUT
Rachel Heck (a)  
76-78
154
CUT
Jaclyn Lee  
76-78
154
CUT
Haley Moore  
74-80
154
CUT
Luna Sobron Galmes  
74-80
154
CUT
Vicky Hurst  
80-75
155
CUT
Stephanie Meadow  
80-75
155
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi  
78-77
155
CUT
Julieta Granada  
77-78
155
CUT
Jaye Marie Green  
77-78
155
CUT
Andrea Lee  
77-78
155
CUT
Yani Tseng  
77-78
155
CUT
Jennifer Chang  
76-79
155
CUT
Muni He  
76-79
155
CUT
Maria Fernanda Torres  
76-79
155
CUT
Cheyenne Knight  
77-79
156
CUT
Pavarisa Yoktuan  
79-78
157
CUT
Maia Schechter  
78-80
158
WD
Amy Yang  
71
WD
Brooke M. Henderson  
77
WD
Cristie Kerr  
78
WD
Eun-Hee Ji  
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