South Korea's So Yeon Ryu carded a bogey-free, 6-under-par 65 on Saturday, posting the low round of the day and moving into a three-way tie for the lead at the LPGA's Volunteers of America Classic at The Colony, Texas.
Ryu, No. 15 in the Rolex Rankings, is tied at 4-under 209 with fellow countrywoman Inbee Park and 19-year-old Yealimi Noh. Park shot a 69 and Noh shot even-par 71 at the Old American Golf Club course.
"First of all, bogey-free round is always really good to have," said 30-year-old Ryu, a six-time LPGA winner who hit 17 greens and had five birdies on her front nine.
"To be honest, was bit of struggle with the ball-striking the last two days, but I went to see my coach on Monday. I haven't seen him for nine months and finally got to see him, and he gave me couple of swing thoughts and that one really worked out well today.
"I wish I could have made more putts on the back nine, but 65 is always good score and hopefully I can drop some putts, what I (could) not make today."
The front nine was also favorable for Park, ranked No. 5 and winner of 20 LPGA titles. Park, 32, notched three birdies before the turn and one bogey on the back - at the par-3 11th hole.
"I feel like I play really good on the front nine -- just the back nine I hit a lot of good shots, but just putts didn't drop," Park said. "A little disappointed back nine, but I played pretty well overall and I'm happy because we took about seven weeks of break after KPMG and coming back here first week just preparing for the U.S. Women's Open, so I'm really happy with my game."
For LPGA rookie Noh, her even-par Round 3 proved to be more of a roller coaster than her score might reveal. She carded four birdies but gave those shots back to the field with two bogeys at Nos. 8 and 11 and a double bogey at 18.
Noh's best finish on the LPGA Tour came at the Cambia Portland Classic in September when she ended in a tie for third place and earned $97,999. She finished second at the same tournament in 2019 as an amateur. She has not finished better than a tie for 24th in her last four events.
Seven players are knotted in a tie for fourth place just one shot back at 3 under. The group includes Americans Kristen Gillman (66), Angela Stanford (70) and Jessica Korda (72), England's Charley Hull (68), Japan's Nasa Hataoka (69), South Korea's Jin Young Ko (70), who is ranked No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, and Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum (70).
Defending champion Cheyenne Knight (71) is tied for 24th place at 2 over.
--Field Level Media