LPGA Q Series: Robyn Choi extends her lead as her bogey-free streak hits 57 holes
Robyn Choi (LPGA Photo)
Robyn Choi (LPGA Photo)

Robyn Choi of Australia carded another flawless round of 8-under 64 to find herself once again atop the leaderboard after 72 holes of tournament play at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove in Mobile, Ala.

Choi started her fourth round with a solo lead at 13-under par and soon added birdies on five of her first six holes to build her lead on the field and reach 18-under par overall. While she momentarily slowed down her pace with pars on the ensuing six holes, she regained momentum with three additional birdies on Holes No. 13, 15, and 16, culminating in a remarkable 21-under total. Notably, Choi has impressively maintained a streak of three consecutive bogey-free rounds, having last recorded a bogey on No. 15 during her first round on the Falls Course.

Choi, a player on the Epson Tour, concluded the 2023 season by securing the 12th position on the Money List, narrowly missing the opportunity to secure an LPGA card by just two spots. Since LPGA cards are awarded to the top 10 finishers, she returned to Q-School to continue her pursuit of earning a coveted spot on the LPGA Tour.

Yuri Yoshida and Mai Saigo, the Japanese duo, and So Mi Lee from South Korea, are all T2 at 18-under par, three shots behind Choi. Notably, Lee, who led after the second round, has consistently maintained a strong position on the leaderboard, never finishing lower than fifth place after any round.

Baylor University alumna Gurleen Kaur, Yu Jin Sung, a three-time winner on the Korean LPGA this season, and LPGA veteran Mina Harigae, who is also a three-time winner on the Epson Tour, sit T5 at 14-under par.

Three of the four amateurs who transitioned to the professional ranks last week to compete in the Q-Series have successfully made the cut—Savannah Grewal, Saki Baba, and Lilly Thomas.

Savannah Grewal, the former Clemson University standout, currently leads the pack, having posted impressive rounds of 66-69-71-67 to secure a T8 position at 13-under. Saki Baba, a former world No.2 amateur, has carded rounds of 69-74-68-71, joining Lilly Thomas, a former University of Tulsa player, who posted rounds of 67-73-72-70 to stand at T58 with a score of 4-under after completing 72 holes.

Meanwhile, Briana Chacon, a former golfer from the University of Oregon, fell short of the 72-hole cut after recording rounds of 73-71-72-75, finishing with a total score of 5-over par.

With two rounds left to play, the field has been cut to the top 65 players and ties, and 70 players advanced with scoring at three under par or better. Although missing the cut, all players completing at least 72 holes will earn Epson Tour eligibility in Category C.

The remaining players, specifically the top 20 and ties after the final round, will earn their full cards under Category 14. Meanwhile, those finishing in positions 21-45, including ties, will attain 2024 LPGA Tour status in Category 15, and concurrently, 2024 Epson Tour status in Category C. Players who finish outside the top 45 and ties will exclusively earn 2024 Epson Tour status in Category C.

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Final stage of qualifying consists of 8 stroke play rounds over consecutive weeks, with the top 45 players and ties earning LPGA Tour status, and all others earning Symetra Tour status. Each year, many top amateurs try to earn their Tour cards, with successful qualifiers having to decide whether to remain amateur or turn pro and play Final Stage qualifying.

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