LPGA: Lydia Ko eyes twenty first win; shares Blue Bay LPGA lead in China

Lydia Ko has her sights set on one other victory.

The 26-year-old New Zealander carded a 6-under 66 Saturday in the course of the third spherical of the Blue Bay LPGA in China, racing up the leaderboard to seize a share of the lead at 12-under general.

She is tied on the prime with two People, Bailey Tardy and Sarah Schmelzel.

“I performed rather well on the entrance 9 once more like I did [on Friday],” Ko stated.

“Not typically that you just’re 3-under via three two days straight. To have the ability to make an excellent pitch, chip-in eagle on 3 was positively an excellent momentum booster.”

Ko acquired off to a roaring begin, maintaining that momentum all through the entrance 9.

Alongside together with her birdie at 2 and eagle on the third, Ko birdied the sixth and the eighth to exit with a 5-under 31.

“Didn’t put myself in that many odd locations, and I really feel like you are able to do that fairly simply round right here,” Ko added.

She settled down on the again 9, making a bogey on the tenth. However she rallied with a birdie on the par-5 14th and closed with one other par-breaker on the par-5 18th.

Ko is now eyeing her second win of the season. She received the primary occasion of the yr, the Hilton Grand Holidays Match of Champions, at Lake Nona in Orlando in January.

“To win the primary occasion on the schedule, particularly at my dwelling membership, it meant lots,” Ko added.

Lydia Ko, Bailey Tardy, LPGA

Lydia Ko and Bailey Tardy have fun on the thirteenth inexperienced in the course of the third spherical of the 2024 Blue Bay LPGA.
Photograph by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Photos

“I used to be in a position to play properly; shut one in Bradenton. There may be nonetheless a number of golf to be performed, and it looks like somebody shoots a extremely low rating in at the very least one of many rounds. Everyone knows the pin positions dictate the scores, so I’ve to remain affected person and preserve giving myself attractiveness and see the place that places me.”

Following her win in Orlando, Ko misplaced to Nelly Korda in an exhilarating playoff on the LPGA Drive On Championship.

She then struggled considerably in her most up-to-date occasion, the HSBC Ladies’s World Championship. Ko tied for thirty fourth, ending at 1-over for the championship.

As for Tardy, her final top-10 end got here finally yr’s U.S. Ladies’s Open. She has solely performed as soon as this season, starting her yr with a missed reduce in Bradenton.

“I believe it’s nice,” Tardy stated of her place on the leaderboard.

“I believe a number of your work and your whole apply is de facto proven, so I’ve labored actually arduous, I suppose, from the primary LPGA occasion to now. Simply completely happy to see outcomes.”

Tardy, like Ko, signed for a 6-under 66 Saturday, which included two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 14th.

Schmelzel, in the meantime, shot a 3-under 69 for the second consecutive day.

Like Tardy, she additionally missed the reduce on the LPGA Drive On Championship. However she has performed the final two occasions of the Asian Swing, ending in a tie for thirty first in Thailand and tying for eighth in Singapore.

She has by no means received on the LPGA Tour earlier than, however she is worked up to play alongside Ko within the ultimate pairing on Sunday.

“She is simply such a terrific consultant of the sport, and somebody that I believe we are able to all type of look as much as,” Schmelzel stated of Ko.

“I believe it’s going to be an actual deal with for me to have the ability to be taught from her on a Sunday like that and simply be round her and get to expertise what a Sunday with Lydia is like. It’s what we dream about, so it’ll be enjoyable.”

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. You should definitely take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.

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