Yang stormed into the final group on Sunday, at Lee’s expense, when she went on a back-nine birdie blitz after a disappointing start, the two-time tour victor registering five birdies over the last eight holes to rocket up the leaderboard.
Sticking to her mantra of staying patient, Jang hit four birdies and an eagle in a blemish-free round on the demanding Serapong Course to put herself in prime position to mount a challenge for a second win in five starts this year.
The 23-year-old cut her teeth on her domestic tour but has already made history in her second year on the LPGA when she became the first golfer on the circuit to hit a hole-in-one on a par-four at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. I talk to myself, just keep going.
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum carded a 67 and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen signed for a 69 to be equal third, a stroke behind the leading pair, with a group of four players lurking just one shot further behind and a total of 34 players under par.
The joint overnight leaders, Koahsiung-born veteran Candie Kung and Australian teenager Minjee Lee both finished strongly after mixed rounds to remain in contention. “I want to show every day, I enjoy playing golf”.
Petterson credited her strong performance in Singapore to a recent practice round with Rickie Fowler in Florida. “But now I can see like really, really clearly”. “So I think that was the biggest difference”.
Jordan Spieth won the battle of the “Big Three” but it was Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Cadillac Championship at Doral here on Thursday.
Ko had a frustrating day, parring her first 10 holes before dropping a shot on the 11th but the New Zealander knocked in two late birdies to finish in red figures.
Park won the title in Southeast Asia a year ago without making a single birdie in 72 holes but the world No. 2’s streak came to a halt with her only bogey of the day, on her 17th hole.
Meanwhile, world number one Lydia Ko struggled to a two over 74 after failing to recover from opening with a double bogey. She birdied the 13th and dropped a shot at the 17th after an errant tee shot but made amends with a birdie at the last.