Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang lead the Coats Golf Championship, as darkness duly suspended round 3 in Florida.
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Lydia and Ha Na are tied at the top of the Coats Golf Championship as darkness brought round three to an early end. Both ladies have tournament totals of -7 under par, with Lydia completing six third round holes, carding one birdie, and Ha Na at even par though her six holes.
In the late gloom of the day, Lydia backed off a putt, because she was not sure if the ball had moved, and having been caught before in that situation the rules had to be confirmed;
“Yeah, I wasn’t sure because it’s obviously getting a little dark, and with the steepness of the greens, you never know if it does move or not, and I kind of was hovering over it going back and forth, so I don’t know if that action was making it look like it moved or not.”
“The rules, we cleared everything, so now I can just go to bed and have a good dinner and come out here early, but this happened to me last year at this tournament, the second round or something, and it happened at KPMG, too, so I just wanted to clarify it so it wouldn’t be a problem tomorrow.”
Five ladies are tied in third position at -6 under par, with none of them having completed their third rounds; Kim Kaufman, Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Haru Nomura.
Kim Kaufman knew it was going to be a long haul today;
“We knew it was going to be long, and we were ready for that. It was kind of the same thing we did last year.”
“We knew early it was going to be kind of a fight, and then with about seven holes left this morning, I thought, okay, let’s make some birdies, and we just continued that in the afternoon.”
“I just played well, started to hit my irons really well.”
Lexi got up early, played a couple of holes, and then sat around waiting to start again;
“It was just an early wake-up call to play two holes and then wait around until 3:00 p.m. to warm back up.”
“But it is what it is, you can’t control the weather, and I just tried to make the best of it on the holes that I did play.”
Jessica said it was hard to try and plan your day;
“It’s just hard to time out your day.”
“I think we came back out and played two and a half holes this morning and then had most of the afternoon, morning off and then back to play six holes.”
“So I think just timing it all and keeping your energy levels up has been a little bit of a challenge.”
It will be a marathon day tomorrow with the leaders having to play 30 holes to complete the tournament, it will be survival of the fittest, depending on the weather of course.