Sunday, July 19, 2015

South Korean 1-2 going into final round of 

LPGA Marathon Classic

South Korean rookie Jang Ha-Na fired a two-under par 69 and will take a one-stroke lead over Baek Kyu-Jung into the final round of the LPGA Marathon Classic.
Jang, 23, had an 11-under total of 202, one stroke in front of Baek - a familiar foe from junior days and the South Korean LPGA tour.
"I'm leading right now? Amazing," said Jang whose round included three birdies and just one bogey.
Chasing her first US LPGA Tour title, she added: "Tomorrow, just one target: 15-under. Four more birdies."
The two rookies have a host of big names chasing them, with current world No 1 Park In-Bee, former No 1 Lydia Ko, China's Feng Shanshan, Korean Chella Choi and American Austin Ernst sharing third on 204.
Ko, the defending champion, fired a four-under-par 67, but was disappointed that she couldn't find a birdie on the last two holes.
Nevertheless, the 18-year-old New Zealander, who successfully defended her Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic title in April, was optimistic she could complete another successful defence on Sunday.
"I think I was a couple shots behind last year too so I don't mind the position I'm in right now," Ko said.
Park, seeking her fourth title of the season, was pleased to produce a bogey-free 67 on what turned out to be a marathon day because of inclement weather.
"I played like three holes in the morning and then another delay, so it was a long day," Park said. "But I made no bogeys today, which is really good. I feel like I played pretty solid last couple days."
With more thunderstorms expected on Sunday afternoon, tee times for the final round have been moved up in hope of completing the round before the weather hits.