Hull, Kang Share Top Spot at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship


Charley Hull and Danielle Kang carded matching 68s on Saturday and share of the lead heading into Sunday’s finale at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

Hull and Kang were 12-under par 204, one shot clear of Ariya Jutanugarn, who posted a 69 to reach 11 under.

The co-leaders, who have signed for identical cards over the first three days (67-69-68) on SKY72’s Ocean Course, are both in search of their first win of 2018 season.

England’s Hull – paired with World Nos. 1 and 2, Sung Hyun Park and Ariya, respectively – finished her third day in Korea with a clean card consisting of 14 pars and four birdies.

“It was fun today. It’s great to see big galleries like this because it makes you have to play well because they are a pretty tough crowd to please,” said Hull.

“It was good fun playing with two great players, as well. I really enjoyed it. The conditions were pretty good, scorable conditions. I felt like I was playing pretty well. Played decent on the back nine, very steady and nice to finish with a birdie.”

Kang, meanwhile, posted a third round of 10 pars and two bogeys against six birdies, highlighted by three over her final four holes to secure a share of the top spot.

Danielle Kang
Danielle Kang during the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at Sky 72 GC on October 13, 2018 in Incheon, South Korea. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

“I’m just honestly really happy with the process at the moment,” said Kang.

“I’ve been going through a lot of rough times through the last few months, and honestly, I’m just kind of still working through it a lot of the times. Even when I look really steady, I’m still fighting it and I’m just trying to get into the happy place again, just playing golf and not worrying about or having just anxiety or anything like that.”

Two-time major winner In Gee Chun fired a 6-under 66 to move into the top five at 10-under par, alongside Minjee Lee (67) and Lydia Ko (68).

2018 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship


Pos-Player-To Par-(Today)
1. Charley Hull -12 (-4)
1. Danielle Kang -12 (-4)
3. Ariya Jutanugarn -11 (-3)
4. In Gee Chun -10 (-6)
4. Minjee Lee -10 (-5)
4. Lydia Ko -10 (-4)

Credit: LPGA


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