Shin Ji-ae tied for the lead with a shot eagle on the third day of the Australian Women’s Professional Golfers’ Association (WPGA) Tour VIC Open.
In the third day of the tournament held at the beach course (par 72) at 13TH Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Victoria, on the 3rd, Shin shot a 4-under 68 to tie for the lead with Karis Davidson of Australia with an interim total of 8-under 209.
Shin reduced three pars with four birdies and one bogey through Hole 15 on the day, and hit a shot eagle at Hole 16 (par 4) from a distance of 153 meters to leap to a one-stroke lead. However, she made a bogey due to a tee shot mistake at Hole 17 (par 3), and is thus tying for first in the final round.
“I didn’t see an eagle shot go into the hole at the 16th hole because I was not tall,” Shin said after the game. “I’m enjoying the game.”
Shin, who won the championship by five pars last year, will challenge for her second consecutive win in the final round and 65 wins in total. If she succeeds in defending her title, she will become the first winner in the competition’s history for two consecutive years.
Shin, who is currently ranked 15th in the world, aims to participate in the Paris Olympics this summer. She can participate in the Olympics for the first time in her career if she maintains her current ranking until June 24, the deadline for entry.꽁머니
Yoon Min-ah, who tied for the third round as a joint leader, recorded even par and tied for third place with Jennifer Jang of the U.S. by one stroke with a 7-under 210 in interim total.
Cho Jung-min, who has won five KLPGA tour championships, cut seven shots on the day alone, including birdies at holes 12 to 15, and jumped to a tie for fifth place with 6-under 211 overall. As Cho is only two shots behind the leading group, he is set to seek a come-from-behind victory on the final day.
Yoon, who passed the cut by tying for 35th, shot a 5-under 67 on the moving day to elevate her ranking to a tie for 13th with 1-under 216 overall. Yoon reduced five pars with one eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.
Australia’s leading female golfer, Carrie Webb, shot a 5-under 67 to tie for 17th with even-par 217 overall. Lee Il-hee recorded even-par to tie for 20th with 1 over par 218 overall.
In the Big Open, where the men’s and women’s competitions are held together, the first and second rounds will be played alternately on the Creek and beach courses, and the top 50 will pass the cut, and the weekend round will be played on the beach course to determine the winner.