Kim started the day six strokes back in a tie for 19th place and carded an eagle and three birdies (one bogey). Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 cut the lead to two strokes at the halfway point, but a birdie on No. 11 was erased by a bogey on No. 16. Kim set the tone for her final round with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. Her longest shot averaged 278 yards and she made 27 “salty” putts. She is six shots off the lead, but still has a chance to make a comeback.
Kim has three career wins on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour. She won the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open as a non-member and joined the LPGA Tour the following year. She hasn’t won this year, but has one top-10 finish in 11 events. Her best finish of the season was a tie for fourth at the Chevron Championship in April.
Kim said, “The greens were soft because of the rain. It was nice to be able to play a little more aggressively,” he said, “and I felt a little more comfortable with my conditioning.” On his eagle on the 18th hole, he said, “The tee shot, the second shot and the putt were everything I thought they would be. I’m happy with that.” “I’m not in the best shape right now,” he admitted, “but I’m coming up faster than I thought I would, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Boutier maintained his place atop the leaderboard for the second consecutive day with a four-shot victory. The world No. 15 has three career victories since making her debut in 2017. Defending champion Brooke Henderson (CAN) shot four under par to move into a tie for third place (7-under 206). Lee Min-Ji Lee (AUS) is also in this group. World No. 2 Nellie Coda (USA) shot a 7-under-par round to move into a tie for fifth (6-under 207). Rising star Rose Chang (USA) is tied for 20th (2-under 211) and 스포츠토토 World No. 3 Lydia Ko (NZL) is tied for 30th (even-par 213).
Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea is tied for 14th (3-under 210), led by a 4-under par round. Ji Hee Lee and Soo Ji Kim are tied for 23rd (1-under par 212), while world No. 1 Jin Young Ko had three birdies and five bogeys. She dropped two strokes to tie for 30th. Park Sung-hyun and Hae-ran Hae are tied for 39th (1-over par 214), while Jeon In-ji and Park Min-ji are tied for 53rd (3-over par 216) and will await the fourth round. Choi Hye-jin tied for 57th (4-over par 217), Yang Hee-young tied for 63rd (5-over par 218) and Shin Ji-ae tied for 67th (8-over par 221).