Oct 23 (Reuters) – Local favorite Lim Hee-jeong roared to a four-shot lead after carding a flawless seven-under-par 65 in the third spherical of the $2 million BMW Ladies Championship in Busan, South Korea on Saturday.
Lim, who shared high spot with fellow South Korean An Na-rin after 36 holes, surged forward with seven birdies on the par-72 LPGA International Busan course and the proficient 21-year-old stayed bogey-free after three rounds.
“I think recently there was an event where I had one bogey-free round. But three consecutive bogey-free rounds I think is a first time for me,” Lim informed reporters.
“After the second round, I felt like my game was really good, so I said that I was actually looking forward to the third and fourth round.
“Going into as we speak, I felt I could possibly be slightly bit extra aggressive. Of course there have been some putts right here and there that I want I might have accomplished higher, however I’m actually proud of the low rating.”
Lim’s compatriot Ko Jin-young climbed three places to tie for second on the back of a five-under 67 to take her tournament tally to 14-under, four shots behind Lim heading into Sunday’s final round.
An carded three bogeys but recovered ground with six birdies – including five after the turn – to stay in the hunt alongside Ko after a three-under 69.
Lim started strongly with a birdie on the second hole and added three more before the turn.
Another birdie on the 11th was followed by a run of four holes without any gains before she rediscovered her rhythm to finish the round strongly.
Ryu Rae-han was tied for fourth place after a round of 67, alongside major champion Danielle Kang of the United States, who shot a 69.
Chun In-gee shared sixth place with Australia’s Minjee Lee.