With 18 holes remaining, the ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by AVIV Clinics, Amanda Doherty will sleep at the top of the 54 holes for the first time in her career, alone at the top at -12. Doherty, who appears to be the first player since Patty Tavatanakit at the 2021 Chevron Championship to win a wire-to-wire fashion (no tie), recorded a 1-under 72 on Saturday to hold a one-stroke lead over Peiyun Dog and Georgia Room. The 24-year-old bounced back from bogey-birdie-double bogey on the numbers 3-5, to end the day with four more birdies and just one more bogey in her final 11 holes.
“I started off a little slow. I tend to do that, so it doesn’t scare me too much,” Doherty said. “Yeah, glad we turned things around.”
A victory would make Doherty the seventh first Rolex winner of the season, and the second in a row after At Ashleigh Buhai’s moment at the AIG Women’s Open last week. Doherty, who has never finished in the top 10 on the LPGA Tour, said she draws on past experiences competing on the Epson Tour as she prepares for Sunday’s final group.
“I’m excited. I’m a little nervous though. I’d be lying if I didn’t,” said Doherty, who could become the fifth different American to win this season with a win in Northern Ireland. Nerves just mean I care and I’m excited, and it’s just kind of good energy for tomorrow.
Chien and Hall both carded the 70s in the third round to stay there before the final day. Chien, from Chinese Taipei, got off to a good start with a bogey-free front nine that included three birdies in his first four holes, but had to regroup quickly after a bogey on the No. 12 and a double bogey two holes later on the 14. Two birdies arrive, including one on his 54e hole, helped ease the pressure as she too seeks her first Tour win.
“The course is very firm this afternoon. I play with Georgia so I learn a lot from her. She’s pretty consistent. Not a lot of emotions,” Chien said. “I would say that after this double, I forget it and continue to breathe, speak with my younger brother. It really helped me forget about it and relax my shoulder.
So I think I’m doing very well. »
Three players are tied for fourth at -4, LPGA Tour rookie Allisen Corpuz, a five-time LET winner Emily Kristine Pedersen and four times winner of the LET maja stark. Linn Grantwho occupies second place in the Race to Costa del Sol standings, is seventh solo at -9, with Liz Youngand Lee Anne Pace tied for eighth at -8. Pace started off at lightning pace, opening with six birdies in his first seven holes to go as low as -11, but stumbled in his back nine to end the round with a 3-under 70.
“So I invested a lot and, yeah, it definitely paid off on the front nine. I think on the back nine, I think I put myself in some tough positions. I was a lot long or short, so putting was a little more difficult,” said Pace, who last won on the LPGA Tour at the Blue Bay LPGA in 2014. “Obviously three out of 16 didn’t help, but I’m playing well. I’m hitting the ball well. Yeah, I think if I make some better decisions tomorrow I might still be in it.
Five players are tied for 10th at -7. Only two out of 15 playerse place or better – within six of the lead – are the winners of the LPGA Tour. specific to Ireland Leona Maguire shot a 3 of 76 to sit T16 at -5 overall. A second cut was made after the conclusion of the third round for the top 35 players and ties. There were 39 players who made Saturday’s cut at -1, including the sponsor invite and the Epson Tour member Lucy Li. On the male side of the table, Scotland Ewen Ferguson holds a three-shot lead at -11 with 18 holes remaining.
WITH A VICTORY
Amanda Doherty, Peiyun Dog, maja stark, Allisen Corpuz, Emily Kristine Pedersen Where Linn Grant would become the seventh first Rolex winner of the LPGA Tour season, after Leona Maguire (LPGA Drive On Championship), Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Honda LPGA Thailand), Atthaya Thitikul (JTBC Classic), Jennifer Kupcho(Chevron Championship), Ayaka Furue (Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open) and Ashleigh Buhai (AIG Women’s Open)
Doherty (2021) or Chien (2016) would be the fourth Epson Tour graduate to win in 2022, after Maguire (2019), Koerstz Madsen (2017) and Marina-Alex (2013)
Doherty would be the first player since Patty Tavatanakit to the 2021 Chevron Championship to win wire-to-wire (no ties)
Doherty or Corpuz would be the fifth different American to win this season
Doherty, Corpuz or Grant would be the third LPGA Tour rookie to win in 2022
Chien would be the seventh different winner of the LPGA Tour of Chinese Taipei
Dog would cross the million dollar mark in career earnings with the winner’s prize of $225,000 ($1,041,270)
Georgia Hall would earn its third victory on the LPGA Tour and its first since winning the 2020 AmazingCre Portland Classic
Hall would also win her second LET title of the year, following her first at Aramco Saudi Ladies International
Stark or Grant would make it the 100th official LET win for a Swedish player
Stark could agree to immediate LPGA Tour membership