WILLIAMSBURG (Virginia): South Korea’s Grace Park birdied the final hole on Saturday to grab a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the US$1.6 million LPGA event.
“That birdie on the last hole made up for all of the ones that I missed on the backside,” said Park. “Starting the round I could not hit the green to save my life but I got some amazing up and downs to stay at par.”
Park shared the top spot with Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa after the second round and was tied with Cristie Kerr before birdying the par-four 18th hole at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa to move to nine-under 204.
The putt capped a two-under 69 for Park, who is seeking her fourth career LPGA Tour win.
Park was more surprised than anyone to see her name at the top of the leaderboard.
“It surprised me that nobody took charge of this course,” she said. “The temperature changed. The greens were not easy today.”
Kerr posted a second straight 68 to grab sole possession of second place, two strokes in front of an international trio of Ochoa, Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and South Korea’s Han Hee-won.
Two of the sport’s top players, Annika Sorenstam of Sweden and Pak Se-ri of South Korea, are tied for sixth at five-under 208 with France’s Patricia Meunier Lebouc, who won the first major of the season at the Nabisco Championship. – AFP