Kyu Jung Baek and Hee-Kyung Bae share the lead at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in Korea.
Hee-Kyung Bae shot a third round -4 under par 68 to share the lead at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship with a -5 under par total. Kyu Jung Baek joins her at the top, as she too scored -4 under par today, in a Korean dominated leaderboard.
Hee-Kyung Bae played better on the back nine today;
“I think my iron shots today were strong but my putting wasn’t especially strong. So especially in the front nine, I would make it on the green pretty close but then my putt wouldn’t drop.”
“So then after making the first birdie on the back nine, I really picked up momentum and in the back nine, my putting was stronger and my shots were stronger and I also took advantage of the fact that the tee boxes were closer on the back nine.”
Kyu Jung Baek, who co-leads the Rookie of the Year Race in the KLPGA, said her putting enabled her to score low;
“I think my putting was strong today and my shot was relatively weaker compared to my putting. But I think I was able to manage my game because I did a lot of par saves. And so ultimately, I was able to get a low score.”
“And I also want to mention, of course it would be wonderful if I can win this championship, but coming into this tournament, my main focus was to build my experience and learn because so many LPGA players take part in this tournament.”
“In the first round and second round and this round through the groups and players I’ve been playing with, I’ve been able to learn a lot, especially in the second round.”
There are ten ladies who are tied in third position, and they are just one shot back at -4 under par for the tournament. The list includes world No. 2 Inbee Park, two-time winner of the event Suzann Pettersen and major champion Brittany Lincicome.
Americans Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie are amongst a group of five in a tie for 13th at -3 under par, two shots off the lead.
This event is so tight just about anybody could still win it, even Lydia Ko, who is currently T18, but at -2 under par only three shots back.