Ryu’s compatriot, Ha-Neul Kim put herself in with a chance with an eagle on the 18th giving her an eight under 64 for the day. The 2011 Korean LPGA Player of the Year is five shots off the lead in a share of equal third with Italian Diana Luna, both sitting on 15-under-par.
Ryu backs up 11-under round to lead the Australian Ladies Masters with one round to play.
South Korean So Yeon Ryu couldn’t match her 11-under par of yesterday, but instead settled for a three-under par 69 to sit atop of the leaderboard at 20-under par heading into the final round of the Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters being played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.
The Netherlands Christel Boeljon has not let the South Korean get away, posting a 68 to remain in striking distance just three back at 17-under par.
Australian Frances Bondad was the big mover of the day, leaping up the leaderboard to be in outright fifth place following a brilliant nine-under-par 63. It is her best round as a professional, having once shot that score as an amateur.
Bondad is on 13-under-par for the tournament, just one shot ahead of fellow Australian Nikki Campbell (70) and South Korean Bo- Mee Lee (70), while England’s Felicity Johnson (70) and America’s Amelia Lewis (70) are one stroke further back on 11-under-par. Italy’s Giulia Sergas (68) and France’s Gwladys Nocera (69) round out the top ten on 10-under par.
Teenagers, 16-year-old Lexi Thompson and 14-year-old amateur Lydia Ko didn’t play together today but are separated by just one shot.
Ko had her most consistent round of the tournament to shoot another 69 and finds herself tied in 16th position on eight-under-par. It is an outstanding performance from the Kiwi youngster to back up from last week, when she created history by becoming the youngest player, male or female, to win a professional tournament, the Bing Lee Samsung Women’s NSW Open.
Her aim this week was to make the cut but it has now been revised to recording a top ten finish. The plucky youngster is only two shots off that goal.
After a frustrating day with the putter, Thompson posted an even par round today and sits on 7-under-par and in tied 19th place with four other players including Australians, Stacey Keating and Stephanie Na.
Play gets underway at 7.25am, with the leaders to tee off at 12.38pm.