Park grabs share of 54-hole lead, has shot at No. 1


PARADISE, Bahamas – Inbee Park moved into a share of the 54-hole lead with Sun Young Yoo Sunday morning with the completion of the suspended third round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

Two shots down at morning’s start, Park made three birdies coming in to close out a 3-under-par 70. That left her at 11 under overall, tied atop the leaderboard with Sun Young Yoo (69). They’re one shot ahead of Brittany Lincicome (68), Ariya Jutanugarn (70) and Hee Young Park (68).

Sitting three shots back were Lexi Thompson (66), Sandra Gal (71) and Sei Young Kim (72).

Sixteen players were within three shots of the lead through 54 holes.

“A lot of people are right there,” Park said. “It’s just going to be whoever plays best in the final round wins.”

Park is seeking her 11th worldwide title over the last two seasons.

Her final-round plan?

“I’m going to try to make as many birdies as possible and try to play the par 5s smart,” Park said. “I haven’t played the par 5s very well. Hopefully, I will play them better today.”

Park has a chance to take back the Rolex world No. 1 ranking she lost this week to Lydia Ko. Park can do so with a victory or with a second- or third-place finish, depending what Ko does.

Ko shot 70 in the third round and sat tied for 17th going into the final round.

Here are the No. 1 scenarios if Park finishes first, solo second or solo third:

• If Park wins, she goes to No. 1 as long as Ko finishes T-2 or worse.

• If Park finishes solo second, she goes to No. 1 as long as Ko does not finish better than T-4 with two other players.

• If Park finishes solo third, she goes to No. 1 as long as Ko does not finish better than T-13 with two other players.