Sung Hyun Park is poised to try to join the ranks of Korean stars winning major championships as LPGA non-members.
She’s looking to become the third KLPGA member to win a major over the last three seasons.
Park, the top player on the Korean tour this year with seven victories, shot an 8-under-par 63 Thursday to join fellow countrywoman In Gee Chun as co-leaders of the Evian Championship. Chun won the U.S. Women’s Open as a non-member last year and Hyo Joo Kim won Evian as a non-member in 2014.
Like Chun, Park didn’t make a bogey in her round Thursday.
Park, 22, is making her seventh LPGA start, her sixth this year. She tied for third at the U.S. Women’s Open in July, tied for sixth at the ANA Inspiration in April and tied for fourth at the Kia Classic in March.
“I’m getting better and better,” Park said.
Should Park win this week, she would have the option of taking up LPGA membership. She could do so for the remainder of this year and next year, or wait until the start of next year to take up membership for 2017. Park didn’t enter LPGA Q-School this year.