Ryu Hae-ran Leads Chevron Championship After Rain-Delayed Third Round

South Korean Ryu leads Korda and Henderson at Chevron Championship, the LPGA's first major of 2024. Korda seeks 5th straight win, tying tour record. Thrilling final round awaits.

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Ryu Hae-ran Leads Chevron Championship After Rain-Delayed Third Round

Ryu Hae-ran Leads Chevron Championship After Rain-Delayed Third Round

South Korean Ryu Hae-ran holds a one-stroke lead over American Nelly Korda and Canadian Brooke Henderson after the rain-delayed third round of the 2024 Chevron Championship, the first women's major of the season, at Carlton Woods in suburban Houston. Ryu made three birdies on Sunday morning to finish the third round at 11-under par 205.

World No. 1 Korda is seeking her fifth consecutive LPGA victory, which would tie the tour's all-time record. She had a long, slow round but never let her nerves overwhelm her, nearly acing the 17th hole and playing the 18th with calm authority to finish the week with four rounds in the 60s. Korda is bidding to equal the LPGA record of five consecutive tournament wins, which would see her join Nancy Lopez (1978) and Annika Sorenstam (2005) as the only players to achieve that feat.

Henderson, a two-time major champion, shot the lowest round of the day with a 64 and is tied for second at 10-under par. Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul, South Korea's Im Jin-hee, and Sweden's Maja Stark are tied for third at 8-under par.

Why this matters: The Chevron Championship is the first of five major tournaments on the LPGA Tour schedule. A victory by Korda would further cement her status as the dominant player in women's golf and put her in elite company with Lopez and Sorenstam.

The final round is set to take place on Sunday, with the final group of Korda, Henderson, and Ryu having to navigate the challenging 10th hole, where none of them were able to hold the green in the third round. "The final round is set to be a thrilling conclusion to the first women's major of the season," said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan.

Key Takeaways

  • Ryu Hae-ran leads Korda and Henderson by 1 stroke after 3rd round.
  • Korda seeks 5th consecutive LPGA win, tying tour's all-time record.
  • Henderson shot 64, tied for 2nd at 10-under par.
  • Chevron Championship is the first women's major of the 2024 season.
  • Final round set for Sunday, with Korda, Henderson, and Ryu in the final group.