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Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park inseparable at the top of the leaderboar

LPGA Classic 2021 R2
October 01-03
Seaview, Bay Course, Galloway, New Jersey
$1,750,000
Round 1, Round 3

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South Koreans Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park, numbers 2 and 3 in the world respectively, are heading into the final round tied for the lead having both signed for rounds of 66-65 at Seaview, after both produced 13 birdies, 21 pars and two bogeys over the first 36 holes.


LPGA Classic 2021 R2

The one difference between their rounds on Saturday seemed to be the wind with Ko facing light breezes in the morning while Park dealt with gusting winds in the afternoon.

“It was a little windier out there, but the weather was a bit warmer than yesterday morning. So, striking the ball a little bit better than yesterday,” said Park. “Bogey-free would’ve been nice, but one bogey on No. 8. Hit over the green with the downwind, just didn’t get up and down.”


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Park has won once this year, at the Kia Classic in March, while Ko is searching for a third victory in her last five starts. She is a combined 48-under in her last 16 rounds.

“I would say my game was perfect on the front nine and is [overall] pretty good, like better than earlier in the year,” said Ko. “I changed my swing coach [last year], so swinging or putting, everything is getting better right now.”


LPGA Classic 2021 R2

Since KPMG Performance Insights began tracking stats in June, Park, a 21-time LPGA champion, is converting 63% of her putts from 10-15 feet, which greatly outshines the LPGA Tour average of 29%.

“Jin Young is a really, really good player, too, so I think it’ll be really fun out there tomorrow playing with her,” said Park. “Obviously, you need some birdies out here to win tomorrow. Knowing the No. 2 player in the world is hunting for the same thing I am hunting for, definitely need a good performance.

“I’m putting very good the last couple days. Holed some really, really good putts. I think that’s what we need on this golf course, and I have been doing that. When I got speed right, I got the line right.”


LPGA Classic 2021 R2

Second-year rookie Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand will join them in the final grouping on Sunday. She fired a bogey-free 65 in the second round and lies two shots back at 9-under. Tavatanakit won her first title at the ANA Inspiration in April.

“I was really focused the last two rounds and haven’t really felt that intensity on the course in a while,” said Tavatanakit. “I feel like it got me back into a good momentum going into last couple weeks of the season. I want to enjoy it more because a couple of times I have been in contention, I tried too hard to force things to happen and I didn’t really enjoy it.”

American Brittany Lincicome (67) and Dane Nanna Koerstz Madsen (68) share fourth place at 8-under. They will be joined by Australian Su Oh (65, T6) in the penultimate grouping.


LPGA Classic 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
T1
Inbee Park
-11
66-65
131
T1
Jin Young Ko
-11
66-65
131
3
Patty Tavatanakit
-9
68-65
133
T4
Brittany Lincicome
-8
67-67
134
T4
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-8
66-68
134
T6
Su Oh
-7
70-65
135
T6
Perrine Delacour
-7
67-68
135
T6
So Yeon Ryu
-7
65-70
135
T6
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-7
65-70
135
T10
Stacy Lewis
-6
70-66
136
T10
Marissa Steen
-6
68-68
136
T10
Andrea Lee
-6
68-68
136
T10
Cheyenne Knight
-6
67-69
136
T10
Brooke M. Henderson
-6
66-70
136
T10
Celine Boutier
-6
66-70
136
T16
Sei Young Kim
-5
72-65
137
T16
Maria Fassi
-5
70-67
137
T16
Jaye Marie Green
-5
68-69
137
T16
Leona Maguire
-5
67-70
137
T16
Yuka Saso
-5
67-70
137
T21
Sarah Burnham
-4
73-65
138
T21
Sung Hyun Park
-4
72-66
138
T21
Annie Park
-4
71-67
138
T21
Madelene Sagstrom
-4
71-67
138
T21
Tiffany Chan
-4
69-69
138
T21
Hannah Green
-4
69-69
138
T21
Min Lee
-4
69-69
138
T21
Anna Nordqvist
-4
69-69
138
T21
Caroline Masson
-4
67-71
138
T21
Lauren Stephenson
-4
67-71
138
T21
Paula Reto
-4
66-72
138
T32
Jackie Stoelting
-3
72-67
139
T32
Danielle Kang
-3
71-68
139
T32
Gaby Lopez
-3
70-69
139
T32
Ally Ewing
-3
70-69
139
T32
Bianca Pagdanganan
-3
69-70
139
T32
Jennifer Song
-3
69-70
139
T32
Xiyu Lin
-3
69-70
139
T32
Na Yeon Choi
-3
69-70
139
T32
Hyo Joo Kim
-3
69-70
139
T32
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
68-71
139
T32
Esther Lee
-3
68-71
139
T32
Muni He
-3
67-72
139
T32
Liz Nagel
-3
67-72
139
T45
Brittany Altomare
-2
75-65
140
T45
Georgia Hall
-2
72-68
140
T45
A Lim Kim
-2
72-68
140
T45
Jeongeun Lee
-2
72-68
140
T45
Mina Harigae
-2
72-68
140
T45
Ryann O’Toole
-2
71-69
140
T45
Sarah Kemp
-2
71-69
140
T45
Wichanee Meechai
-2
71-69
140
T45
Mirim Lee
-2
71-69
140
T45
Sakura Yokomine
-2
70-70
140
T45
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
70-70
140
T45
Katherine Kirk
-2
69-71
140
T45
Marina Alex
-2
69-71
140
T45
Lexi Thompson
-2
68-72
140
T45
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
67-73
140
T45
Matilda Castren
-2
66-74
140
T45
Amy Olson
-2
66-74
140
T62
Alana Uriell
-1
72-69
141
T62
Dottie Ardina
-1
71-70
141
T62
Mo Martin
-1
70-71
141
T62
Luna Sobron Galmes
-1
70-71
141
T62
Charley Hull
-1
70-71
141
T62
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-1
69-72
141
T62
Ariya Jutanugarn
-1
69-72
141
T62
Chella Choi
-1
69-72
141
T62
Ana Belac
-1
69-72
141
T62
Haeji Kang
-1
69-72
141
T62
Dana Finkelstein
-1
69-72
141
T62
Celine Herbin
-1
68-73
141
Jenny Coleman
CUT
74-68
142
Gemma Dryburgh
CUT
73-69
142
Azahara Munoz
CUT
72-70
142
Benyapa Niphatsophon
CUT
72-70
142
Amy Yang
CUT
72-70
142
In Gee Chun
CUT
71-71
142
Gerina Piller
CUT
71-71
142
Mi Hyang Lee
CUT
71-71
142
Alena Sharp
CUT
70-72
142
Sophia Popov
CUT
70-72
142
Pornanong Phatlum
CUT
70-72
142
Pernilla Lindberg
CUT
69-73
142
Albane Valenzuela
CUT
76-67
143
Nicole Broch Estrup
CUT
76-67
143
Sarah Schmelzel
CUT
74-69
143
Louise Ridderstrom #
CUT
71-72
143
Jennifer Kupcho
CUT
70-73
143
Yu Liu
CUT
70-73
143
Lauren Coughlin
CUT
70-73
143
Bronte Law
CUT
70-73
143
Maria Fernanda Torres
CUT
69-74
143
Stephanie Meadow
CUT
69-74
143
Nasa Hataoka
CUT
69-74
143
Lindsey Weaver
CUT
75-69
144
Katherine Perry-Hamski
CUT
71-73
144
Jenny Shin
CUT
71-73
144
Esther Henseleit
CUT
71-73
144
Dani Holmqvist
CUT
72-73
145
Elizabeth Szokol
CUT
72-73
145
Lindy Duncan
CUT
71-74
145
Wei-Ling Hsu
CUT
74-72
146
Kristen Gillman
CUT
74-72
146
Aditi Ashok
CUT
73-73
146
Daniela Darquea
CUT
70-76
146
Megha Ganne (a)
CUT
70-76
146
Haru Nomura
CUT
69-77
146
Kristy McPherson
CUT
75-72
147
Klara Spilkova
CUT
71-76
147
Pavarisa Yoktuan
CUT
71-76
147
Cydney Clanton
CUT
78-70
148
Christina Kim
CUT
77-71
148
Ssu-Chia Cheng
CUT
75-73
148
Brynn Christine Walker
CUT
78-71
149
Mariah Stackhouse
CUT
73-76
149
Sydnee Michaels
CUT
72-77
149
Jennifer Chang
CUT
71-78
149
Caroline Inglis
CUT
76-74
150
Brittany Lang
CUT
75-75
150
Min Seo Kwak
CUT
75-75
150
Mind Muangkhumsakul
CUT
73-77
150
Anne van Dam
CUT
73-77
150
Giulia Molinaro
CUT
73-77
150
Mel Reid
CUT
71-79
150
Rachel Drummond
CUT
75-76
151
Sarah Jane Smith
CUT
75-77
152
Laura Davies
CUT
74-78
152
Jing Yan
CUT
79-75
154
Linnea Strom
CUT
77-77
154
Angel Yin
CUT
80-78
158
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