INDIANAPOLIS – Mi Jung Hur kept her two-stroke lead in the Indy Women in Tech Championship on Saturday, birdieing five of the final eight holes for a 6-under 66.
Hur rebounded from an opening bogey with a birdie on the par-5 second. She added birdies on Nos. 9, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18 to get to 17 under at Brickyard Crossing, the layout that features four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
“This is my first time ever in my life I had a lead all three rounds,” Hur said. “So, I just want to keep it.”
The South Korean player won the Ladies Scottish Open last month for her third LPGA Tour victory.
She doubled her lead with the birdie on 18.
“That was my best birdie for all three rounds,” Hur said. “Before I putt it, I was thinking about it. I knew I was ahead by one and I was thinking two-shot lead would be a little bit easier for me for tomorrow.”
Hur opened with a 63 to take a two-stroke lead and kept in Friday with a 70 in windy conditions.
Marina Alex, coming off the United States’ Solheim Cup loss to Europe, was second after a 64.
“I was able to get many more birdie opportunities,” Alex said. ‘” just felt like I didn’t play a whole lot different, it was just the course allowed for more birdies today.”
She won the Cambia Portland Classic last year for her lone LPGA Tour title.
Puerto Rico’s Maria Torres had a 66 to get to 13 under.