LPGA Mediheal: Sei Young Kim Leads By Three Shots

Sei Young Kim
Sei Young Kim lines up a putt on the 10th hole during the third round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship at the Lake Merced GC on May 4, 2019 in Daly City, CA. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Sei Young Kim shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday and will take a three-stroke lead into Sunday’s finale of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.

The 26-year-old from Korea finished her third day at Lake Merced Golf Club with three birdies and an eagle against just one bogey to reach 10-under par.

“I think today’s really cold during the tournament, so all the clubs were like five yards shorter than yesterday,” said Kim. “So it’s a little bit tough to judge the distance today but I tried to keep the focus on distance, how to make the right distance. Yeah, that’s helped me to a good score today.”

England’s Charley Hull shot a 70 to secure a spot in the final pairing, alongside leader Kim, at 7-under par.

“I feel like it’s more of a challenge, not as much of a birdie fest,” said Hull. “When it’s a long, wide, or a short, wide golf course, it’s just a putt fest. People can hit fairways and people can hit greens. But all this time, like I’m pretty straight and I don’t really pull a lot of putts. I feel like this golf course really suits me.”

Two further back was Puerto Rican Maria Torres, who carded a 71 on Saturday to grab solo third on 5-under par, one clear of a five-player logjam at 4-under, headlined by world No. 2 Minjee Lee of Australia, and American superstar Lexi Thompson.

Top-5 Leaders

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Sei Young Kim -10 (-4)
2. Charley Hull -7 (-2)
2. Maria Torres -5 (-1)
4. Minjee Lee -4 (-5)
4. Lexi Thompson -4 (-3)
4. Amy Yang -4 (-2)
4. Louise Ridderstrom -4 (E)
4. Eun-Hee Ji -4 (+1)

Quotable

“I think it’s just a great stretch of holes. 15 is a reachable par 5 for basically everybody out here, so it’s definitely a good birdie opportunity. It’s overall just a great golf course. There’s challenging holes, but at the same time there’s some birdie holes out there.”
Lexi Thompson, on final four holes at Lake Merced GC

Credit: Getty Images, LPGA Media

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