Anna Nordqvist and Katherine Hull-Kirk stand atop the leaderboard at the LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship after firing a pair of 2-under-par 70’s at the Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea. The duo will head into tomorrow’s final-round with a 1-stroke lead over Norwegian Suzann Pettersen and South Koreans Amy Yang and Ju Young Pak.
It was an up-and-down day for Hull-Kirk on Saturday as she carded one eagle, five birdies, three bogeys, and one double-bogey. Despite getting off to a quick start with birdies at two of the opening three holes, the wheels came off a bit for Hull-Kirk after a double-bogey at the par-4 ninth.
The two-time LPGA Tour winner recovered nicely however as she went on to record two birdies and one bogey on the closing nine holes to stand at 7-under-par for the tournament.
“Yeah, there was obviously a lot of kind of mistakes today,” said Hull-Kirk. “I was fortunate I made enough birdies to kind of make up for it. My golf swing is all right but I'm just going to go hit some balls on the range when I'm done here and just get a bit of time back. But I feel confident with where my game is, and really happy to be in this position.”
It was a bit of an easier day for Nordqvist who, despite a couple of errant shots due to the gusty winds, carded four birdies and two bogeys to grab a share of the lead. The Swede headed into the eighth hole at even-par for the day but recorded back-to-back birdies and holes eight and nine to make the turn at 2-under.
Despite making a charge late in the front-nine, Nordqvist cooled off a bit on the back-nine and recorded one birdie and one bogey for a two-day total of 7-under-par.
“I played really solid today,” said Nordqvist. “I had a lot of opportunities and I putted a lot of good putts that seemed to go in. I had a couple really good shots that just caught the wind, but overall I'm in a good spot going into tomorrow so I'm very happy.”
Both players are looking to put an end to a lengthy winless drought as Nordqvist’s last victory came at the 2009 LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex and Hull-Kirk’s last trip to the winner’s circle came at the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic.
If Nordqvist and Hull-Kirk want to make their way to hoist the trophy on Sunday, they will have to fight off KLPGA standout and younger sister of Hee Young Park, Ju Young Pak, Amy Yang, and defending champion, Suzann Pettersen.
“I don't think about a whole lot,” said Hull-Kirk. “Just grabbing some dinner and talking to my husband and going to sleep. Like Anna said before, there are so many good players on the leaderboard and it's really close. It's anyone's day tomorrow, you just go out there and do your best, add them up at the end, and whoever has the lowest wins. You can't control what everyone else is doing. You can only do your best.”
Topics: LPGA KEB • HanaBank Championship