Danielle Kang moving towards getting her first professional victory at Olympia Fields, exhibited a brilliant game in Round 3 of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Kang tied for the lead with Chella Choi in the third round of the Championship on Saturday.
South Korea’s Choi fired a four-under par 67 to move into a share of the lead alongside Kang who birdied the last to end the round at 10-under par for the tournament.
Kang won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2010 in 2011, but she has never won a LPGA Tour tournament. Kang, a two-times U.S. Women’s Amateur champion still seeking her first LPGA victory. Choi and Kang will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
While several of the LPGA’s biggest stars challenged for the lead, it was Kang and Choi on top after a challenging day at an increasingly difficult Olympia Fields. The 26-year-old Choi hit 11 of 14 fairways on her way to a bogey-free 67.
Kang and Choi lead by two strokes from South Korean Shin Ji-Yai, who shot a best-of-the-day 64, while defending champion Brooke Henderson, of Canada, is three behind the leaders.
The 19-year-old Aditi playing her rookie year is now tied-12th alongside the likes of Lydia Ko and Michelle Wie, and only three shots behind the leaders, Danielle Kang (69-66) and Sei Young Kim (69-66).
Aditi had six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in her 69 that now puts her at four-under for 36 holes.
Defending KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Brooke Henderson continued her impressive streak of made cuts, 13 in 13, at major championships. Henderson (68-69) sits two strokes back of the lead after starting the Championship, 68-69.
After playing an impressive game the final round is clearly in the hands of Kang and Choi. If either goes into the 60s again, it will be difficult for anyone to catch them, unless there is another Shin-like 64 hiding out there. Now, we’ll see who’s great on Sunday midnight on DSPORT coverage starts from 12:30 am IST.