Oct 11th, 2020
Kim leads by two at Women's PGA Championship
As Brits fall back Park makes her move
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Kim is a ten-time winner on the LPGA tour but has yet to claim her first major championship. The 27-year-old from South Korea was runner up in this event in 2015 and also came close in the Evian Championship two years ago when she tied second.
"I wouldn't say I'm nervous, but I am excited,” Kim said.
“It’s a long course, but I was full of self-belief with my long iron game, so I knew I was going to play well. I just want to take each shot at a time and the results will follow.”
The top three are looking in good form but must be looking over there shoulders at the ominous figure of Inbee Park. On moving day the reigning Olympic champion had six birdies and just two dropped shots in an impressive round of 66. It is over five years since Park's last major victory but she will go into the final round as one of the favourites.
“The course is getting firmer and faster,” said Park after her round.
“That obviously makes it shorter but it makes the greens faster and with some difficult pins it is really tough.”
Anna Nordqvist had a storming opening first nine which included three consecutive birdies from the sixth tee. However, the Swede faltered slightly over the tough back nine and after a bogey at the last had to settle for a two-under 68.
Canada's Henderson, who won this event in 2016 returned a bogey-free round that included five birdies in her first eleven holes returning a five-under 65.
Charley Hull is the leading British player but you have to believe is too far back seven shots adrift on level par. Hull got off to a great start with three birdies on the front nine. Sadly, she could not keep up the momentum and after three bogies and a solitary birdie on the back nine, she signed for a 69.
REPRESENTING FOR ALL THE GOLFPUNKS – CHARLEY HULL
Jodi Ewart Shadoff sits one shot behind Hull after a rollercoaster of a third round. Having fought back after a poor start she dropped three shots in her last four holes to fall out of contention.
Melissa Reid and Georgia Hall are on five-over and eight-over respectively and the amazing Dame Laura Davies who made the cut at the age of 57 sits on ten-over-par.