‘Rookie’ Yoo Hae-ran (22, Daol Financial Group) is aiming for her first win in her debut by reaching the top of the 3rd round of the JM Eagle LA Championship (total prize money of 3 million dollars) on the LPGA Tour .
In the third round of the tournament held at the Wilshire Country Club (par 71, 6258 yards) in Los Angeles, California, USA on the 30th (Korean time), Yoo Hae-ran tied 6 birdies and 2 bogeys and recorded 4 under par 67 strokes.
Ran Hae-ran, who recorded an interim total of 7 under par 206, marked a tie for second place with Hannah Green (Australia). She is two strokes behind her sole leader, Cheyenne Knight (USA, 9 under par, 204 strokes).
Yoo Hae-ran entered the US stage by passing her LPGA Qualifying Tournament as a ‘top’ player after playing on her domestic stage until last year.
After tying for 7th place at the Drive-On Championship, her LPGA debut match last month, she has stagnated in the middle of the next three competitions.
After the match, Yoo Hae-ran said, “I played in the ‘champion group’ at the Drive On Championship, but I want to show a different side from then.”
He said, “I have never said that winning is my goal in any tournament. I always think about my play, excluding winning,” but he said, “If I win in my rookie season, it will be an honorable moment.”
Yoo Hae-ran got off to a good start by catching a birdie from the 1st hole (par 4).
Even in the second half, he recovered after slowing down by bogeying the 11th hole (par 4). Yoo Hae-ran made consecutive birdies on the 13th hole (par 5) and 14th hole (par 4), and at one point took the lead by reducing one stroke with a chip-in birdie on the 16th hole (par 4).
However, Knight, who started the game later, gave up the lead by catching an eagle on the 13th hole (par 5) and a birdie on the 17th hole (par 4). Knight, who was second the previous day, took the lead alone by adding the same 4 under par as Hae Ran.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Knight is aiming for his second personal victory in four years since the 2019 Volunteers of America Classic.
Aditi Asok (India), who was the sole leader until the second round, was sluggish with a 1-over par that day, and fell to a tie for 5th place with an interim total of 5 under par and 208 strokes.
Anna Lin (27, Mediheal) tied for 7th place with an interim total of 4 under par and 209 strokes. The gap with the leader has widened somewhat by 5 strokes, but it is worth aiming for the second top 10 of the season.
In addition, Kim Hyo-joo (28, Lotte) tied for 24th with an interim total of 1 under par and 212 strokes, and Kim In-kyung (35, Hanwha Q Cells), who recorded a hole-in-one the previous day, tied for 31st with Ji Eun-hee (37, Hanwha Q Cells) with an interim total of even par 213 strokes. did.
Ko Jin-young (28, Solaire), ranked third in the world, was sluggish with a 4-over par on the day, and fell behind in a tie for 53rd place with an intermediate total of 2-over par and 215 strokes.