Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course
Third Round Notes
February 28, 2015
Players battled through a hot, humid day in Thailand to finish strong during the third round of the Honda LPGA Thai-land. In what looks to be an exciting final round, Stacy Lewis takes a three stroke lead into Sunday and is seeking her 12th career LPGA win and first since the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
Lewis struggled on the front nine today with four bogeys and couldn’t get much of anything going. Thanks to an eagle on 15, she escaped today with a 73 and feels fortunate to be in this position.
“That (being in the lead) is pretty much the only good thing that came out of today,” Lewis admitted after her round. “I was a bit all over the place today. I played six really bad holes to start the day but then got things going.”
|Stacy Lewis||66||64||73||– –||-13|
|Amy Yang||67||66||71||– –||-12|
|Sandra Gal||71||66||68||– –||-11|
|Mirim Lee||67||69||70||– –||-10|
|Jenny Shin||70||66||70||– –||-10|
GAL IS READY
Sandra Gal’s only win on the LPGA Tour came back in 2011 at the Kia Classic. With a 4-under 68 today, tied for low round of the day, Gal has put herself in position to once again find herself back in the winner’s circle. It’s a position she is not unfamiliar with. She entered the final round at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic within five of the lead and is ready to finally break through.
“That was the goal at the beginning of the season, to be in contention and have a chance to win on Sunday,” Gal said. “I just need to relax and kind of do the same thing I did the last few days. I think the more chances I’ll have the better I’ll do. Tomorrow I just have to go out, and, like I said, just be relaxed and enjoy the moment.”
HOT WEATHER, LONG BALL
In the offseason, the golf ball Stacy Lewis had to find a golf ball after the ball she was playing, Titelist 09X, had come off the conforming list as of January 7. At her pre-tournament press conference at the season-opening Coates Golf Championship, Lewis said she tested ever ball on the market during the month of December and was down to the Bridgestone.
Today, after a frustrating round of golf, Lewis talked about her plan for the night and mentioned her adjustment with the new ball.
“I‘ll be around the putting and chipping green,” Lewis said. “The ball striking really was not that bad. Just got short sid-ed in some bad situations. Hit some good shots, hit some shots too far actually. This new golf ball in the heat is going a bit.”
Amy Yang has finished in the top-5 in three of the last four tournaments she has played in dating back to the 2014 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Yang had five top-10 and three top-5 finishes all year in 2014, and is looking for her second career win with her only win coming at the 2013 LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship.
She has a simple approach heading into tomorrow.
“I’ll just do my best one shot at a time,” Yang said. “I won’t think about too much. I am going to go to the range and work on some of my swing right now and putting a little bit and get ready to go. ”
Yang’s finishes in her last four events
2014 Fubon LPGA Taiwan – 5
2015 Coates Golf Championship – 5
2015 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic – T19
2015 Handa Australian Open – 2
Amy Yang has been within 5 of the lead entering the final round in each of her last five tournaments played, including all four tournaments in 2015.
Regardless of what happens this week, Lydia Ko is projected to remain the No. 1 player in the Rolex Rankings. Current No. 3 ranked Stacy Lewis could move up a spot, past Inbee Park, into second with a win this week. Lewis is currently leading the Honda LPGA Thailand by a stroke over Amy Yang. Inbee Park is T21 heading into the final round.
Coming off her best year on Tour, Jenny Shin has started 2015 right where she left off in 2014. Last year, Shin had six top-10 finishes, including a season-best third place finish at Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Last week, Shin finished tied for fourth at the Handa Women’s Australian Open and enters the final round tomorrow just three strokes behind leader Stacy Lewis.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
0– Number of times a player from Thailand has won an LPGA event
6– Number of different countries represented within the top 10 of the Rolex Rankings
9 – This is the ninth edition of the Honda LPGA Thailand, which began in 2006
16– This week, 16 of the top 20 in the Rolex Rankings will play at the Honda LPGA Thailand
22– The average age of the three LPGA winners (Na Yeon Choi, Sei Young Kim and Lydia Ko) in 2015
33– Number of official events in 2015, up from 23 in 2011
62 million (USD)– The total purse money in 2015, up from $41.4M in 2011
290.8 – Yani Tseng’s average driving distance through Rd. 3 of the Honda LPGA Thailand 410– Number of live televised hours in 2015, the most in LPGA history
TV TIMES THIS WEEK
Golf Channel air times of the Honda LPGA Thailand are as follows: (All times listed are United States ET)
1:00am-5:00am ET – Final Round
11:00am-1:00pm ET – Final Round (re-air)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I do you have a new trainer, David Donatucci. He works with Michelle, Stacy, and, I mean, I feel great. I been work with him couple months now and I feel my body, the way I swing, it matches my body and just get my body and my core stronger so I’m able to hold the shot better and a bit more consistently, too.”
–Yani Tseng explaining how much stronger she feels this year. She leads the Tour in average drive distance