Steve Flesch leads, four within three shots after the second round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

"I'm not overthinking it at night. I'm just playing golf, having fun out here. That's really all I'm doing."

Steve Flesch leads, four within three shots after the second round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

Steve Flesch has been approaching golf more relaxed recently, and it’s paying off this week at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic at The Country Club of Virginia.

“I’m not overthinking it at night,” Flesch noted after his first round Friday. “I’m just playing golf, having fun out here. That’s really all I’m doing.”

He entered Saturday’s round just one shot back of Steven Alker, and his day started slowly making the turn with a pedestrian 1-under 35. Back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 got him right back in the mix and another circle on 15 propelled him into the lead. The American would add another birdie on the par 5 last to get to 13 under.

Coming into the week, Flesch had eight finishes of T-13 or better in his last 10 starts on the Champions tour, including a solo third a few weeks ago at the Constellation Furyk and Friends.

“I’m not hitting shots I don’t feel comfortable hitting. I’m just kind of, I hate the term ‘playing within myself,’ but I’m just hitting shots I know I can pull off and I’m not taking unnecessary chances,” Flesch mentioned after his Saturday 67. “It’s kind of how I’m playing. And the putter’s hot, so I just want to get the ball on the green and give myself a chance to run it in.

“That’s kind of the game plan and that will be the plan tomorrow. It’s working, so I’m going to stick with it.

He’ll enter the final round with a two-shot lead.

Bernhard Langer entered the second round three shots back of the lead and closed the gap quickly playing his first six holes Saturday 4 under. He would cool down, however, closing out the rest of his round with two birdies and a bogey for a Saturday 5 under 67.

“Not pleased with my par-par-par finish, two par 5s,” Langer said after his round. “Wish I had made one birdie at least, but just lack of length off the tee put me in a position where it wasn’t easy but still could have made one birdie somewhere and I didn’t.”

“I’m going to go as low as I can because I’m going to have to. There’s a lot of guys right there and thereabouts and that’s all we can do.”

Langer currently leads the Charles Schwab Cup points list and is well within striking distance going into Sunday’s final round tied for second, sitting two shots back.

Alker, the 18-hole leader, cooled off a bit today pairing four birdies with two bogeys for a Saturday 2-under 70.

“I didn’t quite obviously putt as well. Sixty-three, you’ve got to putt well, so it wasn’t quite there, but I didn’t give myself as many chances,” Alker said following his second round. “Wedges weren’t as close. Kind of struggled on the back nine a little bit, I missed some approaches, just didn’t have the yardage, so that kind of held me back.”

He’ll have to turn it back on Sunday to catch Flesch as he sits two shots back with Langer.

Notable names in the field: Jim Furyk (T-8, 7 under), Ernie Els (T-36, 2 under), Phil Mickelson (T-49, 1 over), Vijay Singh (T-52, 2 over), Davis Love III (WD), and John Daly (WD).

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A flawless Hee Jeong Lim has extended her lead to four at the BMW Ladies Championship

After a third-round 65, Hee Jeong Lim is 18 under and four shots ahead of fellow South Koreans Jin Young Ko and Na Rin An.

A flawless Hee Jeong Lim has extended her lead to four at the BMW Ladies Championship

It’s hard to catch a player who doesn’t make mistakes, and that’s exactly what’s allowed Hee Jeong Lim to begin pulling away at the BMW Ladies Championship. Lim, a South Korean player who has won four times on the KLPGA, hasn’t made a bogey yet in three rounds at Busan International in Busan, South Korea.

After a third-round 65, she’s 18 under and four shots ahead of her closest pursuers, fellow South Koreans Jin Young Ko and Na Rin An.

“I think recently there was an event where I had one bogey-free round. But three consecutive bogey-free rounds I think is a first time for me,” said Lim.

One thing contributing to Lim’s remarkable consistency is her accuracy. The 21-year-old missed her first fairway of the week on Saturday at the 11th hole.

“I wasn’t necessarily aware of the fact that that was the first fairway that I missed during this event. But I’m not really used to missing the fairway. I usually keep the fairway pretty well,” said Lim. “So being in the rough itself was a bit awkward I would have to say.”

Interestingly, Lim’s nickname on the KLPGA is “Stone Buddha,” which is a nod to the mental strength, resolve and calmness she displays on the course.

If Lim can hold on for another round, she’d become only the second non-member winner of the 2021 LPGA season, joining U.S. Women’s Open champion Yuka Saso from the Philippines. An would be in that same boat and both women would earn immediate LPGA tour membership from their win.

Ko, a former world No. 1, is not to be counted out, having won three times in the past four months. On the line for Ko, too, is a return to the top spot in the Rolex Rankings, a position currently occupied for Nelly Korda.

The top of the leaderboard is heavily occupied by South Koreans – not just Lim, An and Ko but also Hae Ran Ryu in the T4 position and In Gee Chun in the T-6 position – and the next win by a player from South Korea will be the 200th on tour. The vast majority of those victories (103 to be exact) came from 2010-2019. South Koreans have won 12 times since 2020.

Danielle Kang remains the highest American in the mix after rounds of 66-68-69 left her 13 under and tied for fourth with Ryu.

Notably, Minjee Lee, winner of six LPGA events including one major, is tied for sixth another shot back while American Alison Lee and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn are tied for eighth at 11 under.

Another former world No. 1, Lydia Ko, is 9 under and tied for 12th.

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