Despite expectations of a busy “moving day” on Saturday at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Australia’s Hannah Green held on to her lead for the third straight day after shooting a 2-under 70 at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn.
Green stands at 9-under-par 207, one shot clear of Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn. Jutanugarn, a 10-time LPGA winner, shot a 68 to finish at 8 under.
Green, 22 and in her second year on tour, went 48 holes with just one bogey before recording her second of the tournament at the par-3 13th. She had three birdies over four holes on the front and one more at 15. But Green dropped another shot on 18 after missing the fairway and three-putting for bogey.
Jutanugarn won three times last season and is still searching for her first win of 2019. She bested playing-partner Green with four birdies on the front and bobbled with her first bogey of the day at 13. She ran into trouble again at 16, making bogey after hitting her second shot in the hazard, but went birdie-par to finish her round.
Tied for third place at 5 under are Lizette Salas and Nelly Korda. Salas fired a bogey-free 68, while 20-year-old Korda, ranked No. 12 and already a winner this year at the Women’s Australian Open in February, had an up-and-down round of 69 that included five birdies and two bogeys.
Knotted in fifth place at 4-under are South Koreans Sei Young Kim (67) and defending champion Sung Hyun Park (71).
Kim tied the best round of the tournament with the low round of the day on Saturday. She had just one bogey, at the par-4 fifth hole, then settled in to card four birdies and an eagle at the par-4 14th.
Rounding out the leaderboard in a tie for seventh place at 3 under are a trio of Americans — Danielle Kang (68), Lauren Stephenson (68) and Angel Yin (71) — and South Koreans Inbee Park (68) and Amy Yang (69).
World No. 1 Jin Young Ko, who has two wins this season, including the season’s first major, had a bogey-free round of 70 and is tied for 12th at 2 under.
No. 2-ranked Lexi Thompson struggled through her third round with five birdies and five bogeys to shoot 72. She stands tied for 15th at 1 under.
Brooke Henderson of Canada, who won last week at the Meijer LPGA Classic, also had a roller-coaster round of 71 that included four birdies and three bogeys. The 21-year-old stands at 4 over and tied for 46th for the tournament.
Jimin Kang, the only club professional to make the cut, shot 80. The 39-year-old former LPGA member, who opened with rounds of 73-70, stumbled with six bogeys and one double bogey and stands tied for 71st at 7 over..
Reavie leads in Conn.
Chez Reavie shot a 7-under-par 63 to burst into the lead of the Travelers Championship in the third round Saturday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
Reavie birdied the first four holes on the back side and then added three more birdies as part of his 28 on the last nine holes. He’s at 16-under 194.
He’ll take a six-shot lead on Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher into Sunday’s final round.