Last week at the Dana Open presented by Marathon, Megan Khang rallied from the fifth-to-last Sunday grouping to go toe-to-toe with eventual champion Gaby Lopez. Khang missed out at the chance to break into the winner’s circle by a single shot after a fabulous final-round 64, but managed to finish in solo second, a career-best result. Now heading into Sunday at the Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G, Khang has a shot at redemption. A third-round 69 has set the American in the penultimate grouping in Cincinnati at -12 overall, four shots back of leader and two-time Solheim Cup teammate Ally Ewing at -16.
“Today I ended up, what, 3-under total, and I feel like I played like bad honestly. So it's pretty cool when you have a round where you don't feel like you played your best and you still manage to shoot 3-under.
Again, I wasn't too happy with my ball striking today, but managed to, again, have some good putts,” said Khang of her round on Saturday that included five birdies and two bogeys. “I mean, my speed wasn't the greatest today, too. I left a few putts short where I definitely could have made if I just gave them the right speed. But in golf there is should have and could haves, and that's what tomorrow is for.”
In 2022, there have been four instances of come-from-behind wins at four strokes or greater, including in Lopez’s third-career victory last week. Ayaka Furue (Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open) and Brooke Henderson (ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer) also did the same, with Atthaya Thitikul coming back from six strokes down at the JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol for the most all season. With potential weather pushing tee times earlier and off both Nos. 1 and 10, Khang, who said she’ll be channeling the same “chill” energy on the course as she usually does, will look to make the most of chasing down the leaders ahead.
“I feel like this course suits my game pretty well. Hopefully the weather stays away, but, I mean, pressure is going to be on,” said Khang. “I'm definitely not in the last group, so I feel like you can kind of think there is going to be a lot more pressure on them, and hopefully just go out there and maybe post a number to give them something to work for.”