After 54 holes, Kim Sei Young scored -13, surpassing the world’s number one Ko Jin Young at the LPGA Tour 2020 closing event in Naples, Florida.

Kim is right behind Ko on the world rankings of the Rolex Rankings. But in the grand final of the LPGA Tour this season, Kim, as the defending champion, is taking Ko’s advantage. Before that 18 holes, Ko led Kim at a similar distance.

Yesterday, Kim closed the penultimate leg at 67 strokes, with six birdies and one bogey on the Tiburon Golf Club par72.

Kim Sei Young's hits at Tour Championship 3rd round

Kim Sei Young’s hits in the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship.

Bogey is the only one at hole 18. This is also where Kim recorded the birdie 7.6 meters away and then went to the podium to coronate the year before. During the third round, she averaged 265 yards, hit 13 of the 14 fairways, hit the standard green (GIR) in 15 out of 18 holes and used 28 putts. These professional indicators are higher than the previous round.

Playing the same group as Kim, Ko scored three birdies and no bogey in the 69-stroke scoreboard. This stage, on average, does not play 268 yards, just one fairway, GIR 14 in 18 holes and 29 putt. The previous round, she played 16 yards shorter with absolute precision, the GIR two holes lower but less than three putt.

Kim was born in 1993, two years older than Ko. The two have been friends for a long time. “It’s always fun to play in the same group as her. Last year, we were in the same group. Last week at the US Women’s Open was the same, try the pitch and the main round. Even though we are close, when we have to compete, we have to separate. New relationship, “Kim said.

Kim Sei Young is facing a good opportunity to dominate the world leaderboard after this weekend's CME Group Tour Championship.  Photo: AP

Kim Sei Young is facing a good opportunity to dominate the world leaderboard after this weekend’s CME Group Tour Championship. Image: AP

Kim could be number one Rolex Rankings if he defended the title, and Ko alone finished 10th or lower. Not being 73 consecutive weeks leading the world women’s golf. And when he won the Tour Championship, Kim won both the “Excellent Golfer” and the prize money all season.

“I have a really good opportunity to win the title. If you hit well tomorrow, you will open the door,” Kim expressed optimism in the closing season.

Following Kim at Tiburon this weekend are 11 players in the range of five strokes, including Ko and Lydia Ko – the two majors of 15 LPGA Tour championships and each 104 weeks at the top of the Rolex Rankings, of which 85 consecutive weeks. .

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