At 10-under 206, Eun-Hee Ji takes a six-shot advantage into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan presented CTBC. The Republic of Korea native leads Lydia Ko and Jenny Shin by six after shooting 3-under 69 in the third round at the Miramar Resort and Country Club.
With blustering winds impacting the golfers all day Saturday, the Republic of Korea native managed to play steady. She carded one bogey and four birdies to move into solo first after starting the day tied with Shin.
“I’m just trying to do what I did the last two rounds,” said Ji. “And especially it was a hard wind today. I couldn’t focus on the ball but I tried to focus more.”
Ji is looking to step inside the winner’s circle for the first time since 2009, when she captured the U.S. Women's Open title, but knows no lead is secure until the final putt is made.
“I try to challenge with the wind and try to more control my ball. Yeah, I like that type of play,” said Ji. “That's why I think I play well.”
“I think they will catch up six strokes, so I'll try to keep moving on,” said Ji. “I'll just do what I did the first two rounds and just focus on my game.”Former World No. 1, Lydia Ko, had the low round of moving day shooting 4-under-par 68, for a share of second with LPGA Tour veteran, Jenny Shin.
“It was pretty tough out there with the wind being pretty strong and starting from the first hole,” said Ko, who is looking for her first victory since the 2016 Marathon Classic. “It kind of progressively picked up. I played solid and made a few good putts. A little careless plus little mistakes on 17, but it's always nice to be able to finish with a birdie on the last.”
Shin didn’t have the round she was looking for and said she had a frustrating day but remains in contention after 54-holes.
“Maybe I play well in the rain, and I hope it just comes down tomorrow, and maybe I'll play 7-under par, you never know,” said Shin. “Yeah, like you said, everybody has a bad day. Everybody has a good day. That was my bad day. So hopefully tomorrow I can come back with a solid round and hopefully try to catch the leader. I know there's a big gap, but I've known Eun-Hee for a really long time, and playing with her two days in a row, it's going to be an interesting day tomorrow.”