LPGA Tour: Hee Young Park Leading Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

By Carl Conrad
Hee Young Park
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We’ve become very accustomed to seeing the last name Park at the top of leaderboards on the LPGA Tour. Usually, however, the name at the top is Inbee Park and not Hee Young Park, the latter of whom is leading the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic thanks to a career low 61 in the third round. Inbee is seven shots off of the pace with only 18 holes to play. I know she’s been incredible this year, but that deficit may just be too much to overcome – even for her.

It had to happen sooner or later. Inbee Park can’t win every tournament, even though at times it seemed like she would. HY Park, a 21 year old from South Korea is at 20 under par after 54 holes. That is the best score after three rounds on the Tour this year. ”I finished really well, finished (with) the birdie, so it’s going to be fun tomorrow,” she said. I’m sure tomorrow is going to be even more fun considering that she more than likely doesn’t have to deal with the woman who shares her surname.

The tournament is still far from decided, as Park only holds a one shot lead over Angela Stanford. There are also several other golfers within a few shots of the lead that have the potential to go low in the final round.  One of the more surprising developments of the week is the fact that Michelle Wie is has managed to get to 10 under par and put herself into a tie for 16th place after three rounds.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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