South Korea's Ko grabs share of lead in rain-hit Indy LPGA

Silvia Morton
August 22, 2018

Nasa Hataoka bogeyed three of her last four holes Saturday as she reached a 15-under total of 201, six shots off the lead, after three rounds at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

It's her third LPGA victory of the 2018 season, . following her two previous tour wins in May and July.

Salas has not won on tour since the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

"I didn't even think about it the entire time", Salas said.

Both Park and Salas were in the fairway at the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th.

She rolled in her birdie putt then watched Park make double bogey - a three-shot swing that gave Salas the lead and the momentum heading into the final round.

"It was hard for me to take the break because I didn't want to show weakness", she said.

But the 29-year-old Californian seems to have the flawless touch for this course, which weaves around and inside the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I have been just striking the ball really well this entire year, and just glad some more putts dropped today", she said.

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After more rain drenched the already saturated layout around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Park completed the round by putting out in a downpour that forced the afternoon groups to contend with a delay of almost four hours. On day one, Yin had an opening round for the record books with eight birdies in nine holes. A bogey at the 71st hold and a missed birdie opportunity at the 72nd hole left Salas in a tie at the top with Park, who defeated her on the first playoff hole.

Kang, who kept Salas composed during a 77-minute rain delay Thursday, had a 68 to get to 11 under.

"I have never done that before", she said. "That was my goal this week".

South Korean Jin Young Ko pulled into a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after shooting a 6-under 66 to complete her rain-delayed second round earlier in the day. And just I stuck with positives, I stuck with my game plan. Yin was tied for fifth with Thidapa Suwannapura of Thailand and Amy Yang of South Korea, who also had eight holes to go.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson started on the back nine and birdied the par-3 12th and the par-4 16th.

And the course could change dramatically as it dries out.

Saturday's forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with highs in the low 80s and Sunday is supposed to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s.

Park promises to be ready for whatever weather arrives.

"I'm going to do really well", she said. "I've got good players behind me, I've just got to play my game". "I didn't practice at all last week, and I was just really eager and excited to be back".

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