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Holy Toledo- In-Kyung Kim ties LPGA Tour record for nine holes

An LPGA record tying round took place yesterday.

South Korean In-Kyung Kim enters final-round play in third place at 8-under for the tournament, that after posting the best start in the 23-year history of the Farr Classic and one of the best in LPGA history.

Like Pressel, Kim, 19, could become this event’s youngest champion. Kim opened play yesterday with seven birdies on her first seven holes, and tied Jimin Kang, another South Korean, for the lowest nine-hole raw score in LPGA history at 27. When Pak shot her 61 here in ’98, she went 29-32 on the par 34-37-71 Meadows layout.

27 was also the low nine score in PGA Tour history till Corey Pavin shot a 26 in Milwaukee last summer.

Funny thing AP doesn’t make mention of the record tying round.

In-Kyung Kim, who said she idolized Pak while growing up in South Korea, was the first to challenge Pak. Kim birdied the first seven holes to get to 9 under and two shots off the lead before Pak had even teed off.

But she cooled off, suffering a costly bogey at the 12th when she drove into the right rough. She finished with a 65 and was alone in third at 205.

Associated Press reporter Rusty Miller must be taking lessons in bad golf journalism from Knucklehead AP Golf writer Doug Ferguson. The omission of the round being record tying sounds so like Doug.

Se Ri Pak still leads, but Boca Raton’s Morgan Pressel is two shots back now.

Se Ri Pak birdied the last hole to maintain a two-shot lead over hard-charging Morgan Pressel in Saturday’s third round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Pressel had eight birdies in a 7-under 64 to put pressure on the four-time Farr champion, who carried a five-stroke lead over the field through 36 holes — and was seven shots ahead of Pressel.

Pak added a third-round 69 to her opening 63 and a 68 and is at 13-under 200. Pressel’s 64 followed rounds of 68 and 70 and left her at 202 after a blustery day at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

Although Pak is just 29, the Sunday’s final pairing will feature a Hall of Fame qualifier and one of the sport’s rising young superstars. Pak has won 23 tournaments including five majors, while the 19-year-old Pressel become the youngest major champion in LPGA history when she took the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April.

After Pressel rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt on the closing hole, her 5-year-old cousin, Mikaela Schulz, ran onto the green and gave her a hug. Pressel picked her up and toted her to the scorer’s tent while a large crowd surrounding the 18th green cheered and applauded.

Pressel’s round was very impressive yesterday. Still Highland Meadows is Se Ri’s stomping ground and I wouldn’t bet against her today.

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