Who’s in The Hunt
Jaye Marie Green got up on the right side of the bed Saturday morning, rolling in four consecutive birdies to open Moving Day. She went 7-under on the front nine and after surviving a few back-nine stumbles, held on for a 64 to remain at the top of the leaderboard at –14.
Cheyenne Knight is on Green’s tail at -13 after a third-round 67. She birdied three of the final six holes to move to solo second place, putting the Aledo, Texas native, in position to win her home event.
Katherine Perry and Brittany Altomare are two shots back at -12. Perry shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday, while Altomare posted a 68, with her first bogey of the tournament joined by four birdies.
All four players within two shots of the lead are searching for their first career LPGA Tour victories. They would also be the fourth American to win on the LPGA Tour this season, joining Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson and Cydney Clanton.
Rounding out the players within five shots is Sei Young Kim at -9, who posted a 4-under 67 on Saturday to move within striking distance. Should she take the victory, she would win three times in a single season for the second time in her career, joining her rookie year of 2015.
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The Final Groupings
Jaye Marie Green (-14), Cheyenne Knight (-13), Katherine Perry (-12), 10:45 a.m.
Nothing could go wrong for Jaye Marie Green Saturday morning, as she birdied eight of her first 10 holes to reach –15 with a 7-under 28 on the front nine. She recovered from consecutive bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 with a clutch 25-foot par putt at No. 16 and followed with a birdie on the par-5 17th to shoot the third 64 of her career. Green looks to best her career-best result of T5, which she recorded at the U.S. Women’s Open this season.
Coming into this week, Cheyenne Knight’s best finish in her rookie season was T29 at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Knight’s comfort just an hour away from home is showing, as her family and friends have cheered her on all week. It’s the final 18 holes for Knight to move up the Official Money List to improve her 2020 status. She sits at 120th heading into Sunday, with the top 100 players on the Money List avoiding a trip to LPGA Q-Series later this month.
Katherine Perry battled from 386th on the LPGA Priority List at the start of the season to reach the final group for the first time in her career Sunday. Perry continued her dominance on the par 5s, playing them in 5-under on Saturday with eagles on holes 6 (where she carded her second eagle of the week) and 13. Like Knight, Perry has an opportunity to secure better status for next season, as she sits at 118th on the 2019 Official Money List.
Numbers to Know
$500,000 - Money donated as part of the CME Group Cares Challenge- Score 1 for St. Jude this season. $20,000 is donated for each hole in one, and Chella Choi recorded the 25th hole in one on the year today on the par-3 16th.
73 - The number of holes that Brittany Altomare played bogey-free, a streak that ended on the 13th hole today. The run began after the second hole in the third round at the Indy Women in Tech Championship driven by Group 1001.
7 -Number of birdies recorded by Jaye Marie Green on her front nine on Moving Day.
5 - Number of Rolex First-Time Winners this year on the LPGA Tour.
- Celine Boutier at the ISPS Handa Vic Open
- Bronte Law at the Pure Silk Championship
- Jeongeun Lee6 at the U.S. Women’s Open
- Hannah Green at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
- Cydney Clanton at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
The final round of the Volunteers of America Classic will air Sunday from 1:30 EST to 5:00 EST on the Golf Channel.
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