Mi Hyang Lee came into the day a shot back at -8, and carries the lead into Sunday’s final round.
Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee Takes the Lead Into Sunday
As many before her today, Lee also stumbled out of the gates, bogeying the par-4 first hole. She steadied herself through much of the first nine, and finished with an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole.
On the back nine, Lee started just as she did on the front—with a bogey. She quickly recovered and birdied four of the next five holes, giving her the outright lead after 16 holes.
Lee finished the day with a 66, giving her 14-under par for the tournament. She birdied six times, with two bogeys and an eagle. She sits a shot up on Hyo Joo Kim, who ended her round at -13.
Lee and Kim have been playing together for a dozen years, playing junior golf together in their native South Korea. The two will also be paired together tomorrow in the tournament’s final grouping.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, Lee expects the conditions to continue to become drier. “The green is faster and hotter than the last two days, and maybe tomorrow it will be even drier.” When asked what she has to do to stay competitive on Sunday’s final round, she answered “Nothing. I just want to play my golf.”
Mi Hyang Lee is currently 44th in the Rolex rankings, and 53rd in the CME rankings. She has a lone tour win—the 2014 Mizuno Classic—when she won a five-hole playoff.