Meadow ten shots shy as Sung edges ahead of Hall

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Stephanie Meadow carded a battling level-par 72 to remain on one-over after 54 holes of the Lotte Championship.

Meadow lies in a share of 47th place, ten shots adrift of Korea’s You Jin Sung who shot a 71 to move to nine-under and hold a one shot lead over Georgia Hall, Linnea Strom and Grace Kim.

Sung is looking for her first ever win on the LPGA Tour and it would mean a whole lot more as it comes with a full LPGA Tour card if she can hold her nerve over the final 18 holes.

Sung was extremely solid opening with a birdie before adding another on 13. Her only bogey came on the par-4 14th as she carded 15 pars in her third round.

“I haven’t really thought about the winning part. There is still a day left in this tournament. Again, not really thinking about winning but just trying to show my best golf game,” said Sung, who won the 2022 LOTTE Open on the KLPGA Tour.

“Wouldn’t say it was difficult per se today. It’s just that my game, just I didn’t play my best game. Our group, there were a lot of ups and downs and wasn’t the smoothest, so that was a little bit tough. But the course condition was great.”

Former AIG Women’s Open champion Hall shot a one-under 71 to remain a shot behind as she looks to arrest a three-year winless run after back-to-back runner up finishes recently.

“I think it’s just like the last year or two have of just hard work and consistency. It didn’t happen overnight. I think that’s what a lot of players know, and especially me. I’ve been working harder than normal the past year, especially on my game and my clubs. It’s just paying off now,” said Hall, whose last LPGA Tour victory was the 2020 Portland Classic.

“Just got to stay patient out there. My mentality on the golf course is my strongest part of me as a player, my strongest part of my game. I just want to keep that going.”

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