Ariya one shot behind leaders in Korea
Thai world No.2 one stroke adrift of Kang and Hull after third round in Incheon
>> INCHEON: Ariya Jutanugarn fell one shot behind leaders Danielle Kang and Charley Hull after the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship yesterday.
The Thai world No.2, who was among the four co-leaders after Friday’s second round, fired a threeunder-par 69 to reach 11-under 205 at the Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon.
American Kang and England’s Hull, who were also in the leading pack after the second round, shot matching fourunder 68s to score 12-under 204.
Reigning US Open champion Ariya, who has three victories so far this year, scored four birdies and a bogey.
World No.29 Kang and the 33rdranked Hull — the other two overnight co-leaders — remained tied after Kang had six birdies against two bogeys while Hull had a bogey-free round of 68.
Local favourite Chun In-Gee shared the third place at 206 with world No.17 Lydia Ko and Minjee Lee, who are both ethnically Korean but citizens of New Zealand and Australian respectively.
Chun, ranked 27 and with two career LPGA wins under her belt, fired a six-under 66 in the third round after disappointing performances in the first and second rounds.
Chun’s compatriot and world No.1 Park Sung-Hyun, who shared the lead with Ariya, Hull and Kang on Friday, sunk to the seventh place after an erratic round of 71 that included three bogeys and a double-bogey.
Ariya Jutanugarn lines up a putt on the sixth hole during the third round at the Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon.
Danielle Kang gestures on the second hole.