Sunday, 12 August 2012
For the lead groups, the final round of the LPGA's Jamie Farr Toledo Classic in Ohio will be just like a friendly round back home in South Korea.
Oh, and give the winner a cheque for $US195,000 ($A185,100).
South Koreans Jiyai Shin, IK Kim, So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo dominated the leaderboard on Saturday, sharing the top spot at 11-under par after the third round.
Two more South Koreans, Inbee Park (69) and second-round leader Chella Choi (70), were a shot back along with Japan's Mika Miyazato (69).
Lindsey Wright (73) is the best of the Australians at three-under while compatriot Sarah-Jane Smith carded her third consecutive 71 to be three strokes further back.
"It will be really exciting Sunday," said Kim, who will be chasing her fourth career LPGA Tour victory.
"These are players that I grew up with. I know them personally and I know their family issues and all that. So, even though we're playing in the US, having them around I feel much more at home."
South Koreans have not only flooded (43 of them on the roster this year) but also dominated the LPGA Tour in recent years.
Still, they have seldom taken over a tournament like the one at Highland Meadows.
In addition to filling the top four spots and six of the top seven, South Korea was represented by players occupying seven of the top 11 positions and 11 of the top 25 through 54 holes.
Even though they are extremely competitive, don't expect any gamesmanship.
"There are a lot of Korean players on tour," said Shin, who has won eight times in LPGA events since 2008.
"We are very close because we came over to play in the US. We were homesick, missing our friends and family in Korea. And that has made us close to each other."
Shin and Kim each shot five-under 66 for the low rounds of the day, while Ryu had a 67 and Seo a 68.
Tied for eighth at eight-under were Americans Jacqui Concolino (69) and Angela Stanford (69), along with first-round leader Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden (70) and yet another South Korean, Hee-Won Han (70).