World No. 1 Lydia Ko (26, New Zealand), the world’s first female golfer, raised her chances of winning her first championship at the Ladies European Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International (total prize money of $5 million), which was the first tournament of this year.
In the third round of her tournament held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club (par 72) in King Abdullah Economic City, 토토사이트 Saudi Arabia on the 18th (Korean time), Lydia Ko caught only 6 birdies without bogey and recorded 6 under par 66 strokes.
Lydia Ko, who recorded a total of 17 under par 199 strokes on three days, is chasing her solo leader Lilia Bu (USA) by one stroke, giving her a come-from-behind victory.
Lydia Ko, who won three LPGA tour victories by winning the Gainbridge LPGA in January, the BMW Ladies Championship in October, and the CME Group Tour Championship in November, received the Player of the Year Award and the Bear Trophy (least stroke award). After a hiatus of five years, she also returned to the top of the world rankings.
At the end of December last year, she married Hyundai Card Vice President Jeong Tae-young’s son, Lydia Go.
Following the 5th hole (par 4) birdie, 4 consecutive birdies on the 7th to 10th hole, and the 17th hole (par 4) birdie, she played an error-free game and aims to win her first appearance of the year.
He, who is also the winner of this competition in 2021, said, “In the beginning, I made many birdie opportunities within 4.5m, but the stroke seemed good, but the putt did not fall. However, he was relieved to see a birdie go in from the 5th hole. He tried to be patient, but his fellow players were making a lot of birdies.”
“Trying to be patient, he was able to fish consecutive birdies,” said Lydia Ko. In the second half of the 9 holes, the long game was not very good, but I did a good par save in a crisis situation and finished well with a good birdie on the 17th hole.”
The total prize money for this tournament is 5 million dollars, which is one of the biggest prizes in women’s golf, and the winner receives a whopping 750,000 dollars (approximately 970 million won).
Boo, who is active on the LPGA tour, drove a 7 under par and took the sole lead with a total of 18 under par 198 strokes, while Emily Christine Pedersen (Denmark) and Aditi Ashok (India) tied for third place with 16 under par 200 strokes. Lexi Thompson (USA) is in 5th place with 13 under par and 203 strokes.
Korean players have moved away from the possibility of winning. This is because Kim Hyo-joo (28) and Yoo Hae-ran (22), who have the highest rankings, are tied for 16th place (9 under par 207 strokes), 9 strokes behind the leader. Lim Hee-jung (23) and Lee So-mi (24) tied for 18th place (8 under par 208 strokes).