Ryu extends her lead with a stellar 64 at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.


Ryu extends her lead with a stellar 64 at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.

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In Washington, South Korean newcomer Ryu Hae-ran continued her impressive run at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship, carding a second consecutive flawless seven-under-par 64 in the third round. Her stellar performance gave her a two-stroke lead in this 54-hole event held at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas, putting her at a total score of 14-under 128.

“I can’t hit a bogey these two rounds, and I’m so thrilled,” exclaimed Ryu. “This week, my shots have been nearly perfect. It’s the first time I’ve achieved a 60-score two rounds in a row, and I want to give it another shot.”

Japanese rookie Yuna Nishimura also impressed with a 64, sharing the second spot at 130 with Australian player Hannah Green. South Korea’s Jenny Shin secured third place with a score of 131, while compatriot Kim Sei-young trailed by one stroke.

Ryu, a five-time winner on the Korean LPGA tour and LPGA Q-school medalist, has showcased her skills with five top-10 finishes this year, including an eighth-place finish at the US Women’s Open at Pebble Beach.

Her remarkable round featured a birdie at the par-3 11th and another at the par-5 18th to conclude her first nine holes. She then went on to birdie four consecutive holes from the par-3 third through the par-3 sixth, concluding her round with a birdie at the par-4 ninth.

“Today, on the first nine holes, my shots were so perfect, but I couldn’t make birdies. I couldn’t focus on my putts. I kept missing the cup,” Ryu explained. “After my birdie at 18, I regained my form. I told myself, ‘Okay, I have more chances, and I have more holes left.’ It gave me confidence, and I managed to make many birdies.”

Nishimura, 23, started on the back nine and birdied four of her first five holes before adding four more birdies on her second nine. Unfortunately, a bogey at the eighth hole set her back, leaving her two strokes behind Ryu. Nishimura’s best previous LPGA finish was a fourth-place showing in last year’s Japan Classic.

World number 24 Hannah Green, the 2019 Women’s PGA Championship winner from Perth, secured her third LPGA title in April at the LA Championship. She closed her round with consecutive birdies, shooting a bogey-free 65.

Jenny Shin, ranked 72nd, began on the back nine and opened with five birdies in her first six holes but stumbled with a bogey at the first hole. She managed to recover with a birdie at the fourth and concluded her round with five pars. Shin’s only LPGA title came at the 2016 Texas Shootout, with her best showing this year being sixth place at another 54-hole event, the ShopRite Classic in June.





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