It's set to be an exciting final day at The Chevron Championship with 16 players within five shots of the lead at The Club at Carlton Woods. Who will make a leap into the lake?
If it seemed difficult to pick a winner at the beginning of the week, it hasn’t got any easier as we head into the final day of the first women’s Major of the season. With 18 holes left to play at The Chevron Championship, there are 16 players within five shots of the lead.
This group of players includes proven Major winners to Solheim Cup stars, to relative newbies on the tour and some less well known players to those that aren’t seasoned watchers of women’s golf.
At the top of the leaderboard, holding a one-shot lead at -10, are Americans Allisen Corpuz and Angel Yin. Both produced stunning third rounds of five-under-par and emphasised why Saturday is referred to as moving day.
Corpuz, who went bogey free on Saturday, can take confidence into the final round
“Obviously there's a lot of really good players out there, and just keep reminding myself that at my best I'm just as good as them. That's what I've been telling myself.”
Whilst Yin, the two time Solheim Cup star who still on 24-years-old, who has an infectious personality and is likely to be a fan favourite on Sunday is hoping to manifest a win:
“I'll win, let me win, and then I'll do anything. Do I sound desperate with that? That's all I want. I've been telling everyone because I was like, if I tell the universe man, I'm going to manifest it true.”
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Just one shot back and also in the hunt for their first Major title are three players on nine-under-par, Korean Amy Yang, Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela and American Megan Khang.
Yang, who has 19 top-10 finishes in her Major career and shot a tournament-low seven-under-par 65 on Saturday, has the experience but needs to stay mentally strong:
“I'm out here to win a major, and getting close a lot of times and not being able to get one is just mentally tough.”
Whilst Valenzuela will be taking one shot at a time and focusing on her own game:
“I've kind of just learned to be a little bit more grateful for the position I'm in right now. Being on Tour is just such a blessing, and it's not given to every girl, so I'm just really thankful to be out here, and I think I just have a bit more experience and just that attitude that helps me.”
Khang, another two time Solheim Cup player but yet to win on the LPGA, knows that everyone will be feeling the pressure, it’s Major Sunday after all:
“Honestly, the pressure is on for all of us. I didn't take a big look at the leaderboard, but it looks to be a pretty crowded up there, and on this golf course, anything can happen, whether the wind picks up or they move some tees forward or back. It's definitely going to be interesting, and that's what majors call for.”
Proven Major winners in the hunt
The stacked leaderboard continues with four players tied for sixth at eight-under-par – Major champions A Lim Kim, Hyo Joo Kim and Nelly Korda, along with second-year LPGA Tour player Hye-Jin Choi. Atthaya Thitikul rounds out the top 10 alone at seven-under-par.
At six-under-par is reigning AIG Women’s Open champion Ashleigh Buhai who shot a six-under-par round and American Lilia Vu. With Carlota Ciganda, Eun-Hee Ji, Xiyu Lin and Ally Ewing are the final players that make up the 16 within five shots of the lead at five-under-par.
Good luck with picking your winner because the one thing we all know is that Major Sundays are never predictable. We can’t wait to see what happens and to see whether there’s a leap into the lake to continue this Major’s tradition.
View the full Chevron Championship leaderboard here.
In Gee Chun makes $1 million for charity
In Gee Chun aced the par-3 17th hole, sparking a $1 million donation from Chevron to a variety of partners in diversity, inclusion and education. “Even when I bought something, expensive things, it makes me only two or three days happy, but if I help someone or if I donate money to charity, then one year later or 10 years later or 20 years later, people will … know. I think it's more meaningful,” said Chun. “I'm really happy to help the people today, and I really appreciative to Chevron to give me this chance today.”
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