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Park takes lead into final day, Lewis chasing
November 01, 2014

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park will take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by Taiwan Mobile after a Saturday 69 brought her to 21-under for the tournament.

“Overall, it was quite a good day,” Park said. “It was quite different situation with the wind. It was playing a lot tougher. The downwind holes, it was tough to stop the ball on the green. We have quite tough holes out there but I think I managed myself quite good.”

Park battled to her third consecutive round in the 60s thanks to four birdies, three bogeys and a key eagle on the par-5 12th.

“It was really big for me today, because I was playing good for the fi rst few holes and then made two bogeys in a row on 7 and 8,” Park explained. “Going into the back nine, I needed to make a couple more birdies for tomorrow, and it was tough to make birdies out there with a lot of wind. To pick up two strokes on that hole was huge. I think I’ve birdied every day on that hole and eagle today, so that hole has been a big key.”

Chasing Park down on Sunday will be a pair of the top-6 golfers in Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis, who had the low round of the day with a 8-under 64, and Rolex Rankings No. 6 Shanshan Feng who each sit at 17-under for the championship.

“I was nine back starting the day, so I thought if I could cut that in half at least and give myself a chance for tomorrow, and just to get in the last group just so you know what’s going on,” Lewis said. “And obviously to play with the best player in the world, that’s what you want to do. I love my position for tomorrow, because I think the weather is going to be a little bit more like this”

No. 1 on the line: Inbee Park’s return to No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings may be short lived if Stacy Lewis can find a way to earn a come-from behind victory tomorrow, as Lewis will be able to take over the top spot with a win.

“For us as players, it’s where you want to be,” Lewis said of playing in the fi nal group with Park. “I want to play Inbee when she’s playing her best and she wants to play me when we are playing our best. It should be some good golf tomorrow for the fans and hopefully a lot of birdies.”

Park echoed Lewis’ statement. “I think it’s good players playing good in the event, which is always really exciting,” Park said. “Going into the final day with such good players like Stacy and Shanshan we’re going to have a good competition tomorrow and obviously four strokes around this golf course, it’s not impossible.”

This will mark just the second time that Park and Lewis have been paired together in the final group. The only other time the pair has played together in the last group on a Sunday was at the 2012 Evian Masters where the duo went into the final round tied for the lead and Park emerged victorious thanks to a fi nal round 66 compared to Lewis’ 68.

“I guess this is what everybody has been asking for,” Lewis said. “We haven’t done this in a while. Should be fun. Should be exciting.”

Harigae climbs leaderboard thanks to 65: Mina Harigae shot the second lowest round of the day, a 7-under 65, to jump 42 spots up the leaderboard from T55 to T13 on moving day at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by Taiwan Mobile.

“I do well at courses where it’s tougher I guess.,” Harigae said. “I’m not the longest hitter in the world, so if it’s a birdie fest I don’t quite make as many as the top players do. But I think when it gets tough, that’s when I can grind things out.”

Starting on the back-9, Harigae made six birdies against a lone bogey to turn in 31 and added two more birdies on her home half to post her 65.

“Very important,” Harigae said of the importance of going low in round three. “The scores have been really low. Without the wind it’s a good course to get a lot of birdies so I’m really glad I was able to move up today.”

Numbers to know:
- Inbee Park is has yet to convert a 54 hole lead into a victory this year in two attempts (RICOH Women’s British Open, Meijer LPGA Classic). In 2013, Park won all four times she slept on the lead entering the final round (Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, U.S. Open)

4 - Number of players who had rounds of 67 (-5) or better during the third round. 15 players reached that mark in round two

5 - Five of the top-10 golfers in the world are in the top-10 on the leaderboard heading into the final round

1.871 - The course played 1.871 strokes more difficult on Saturday (71.571) than Friday (69.700)

13 - The par-4 13th has played as the hardest hole on the course at 4.286

12 - The par-5 12th has played as the easiest hole on the course at 4.576

Quotes of the day: “When I was coming up 8, they had the leaderboard up there and I said to myself, wow, you couldn’t ask for a better leaderboard.” –Stacy Lewis on the amount of highly ranked golfers at the top of the leaderboard


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