ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — Park Sung-hyun made her seventh birdie in 11 holes to build a three-shot lead and she still had a par 5 to play last Saturday, a daunting position for those trying to catch the number one player in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.
It all changed so suddenly.
Park hit into the water on the par-5 15th and three-putted from about 20 feet for birdie. That was followed by a bogey on the next hole. Now the tournament is wide open going into the final round at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.
Park had to settle for a three-under 69, leaving her in a four-way tie for the lead with Shanshan Feng (65), Tiffany Joh (66) and Ariya Jutanugarn, who missed a four-foot par putt late in her round and shot 67.
They were at 20-under 196.
“The swings weren’t that good,” Park said through a translator.
“The play on the green wasn’t good, as well. But I’m relieved that today was just the third round, and I look forward to tomorrow’s round.”
Also very much in the mix is Yealimi Noh, the 17-year-old from California who turned down an offer to play at UCLA to turn pro this year without having a card on any tour. She got into Thornberry Creek through today’s qualifying and has played like she belongs.
Noh, who played in the final group with Park, matched her with a 69 and was one shot behind going into yesterday’s final round.