New Zealand World No. 2 Lydia Ko on Saturday struggled through an up-and-down back-nine to share the lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour event in South Korea.
Ko shot a three-under 69 in the third round of the $2 million LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, west of Seoul, for a 13-under 203.
South Korean Park Sung-Hyun, who set the course record with a 10-under 62 in the first round, carded 67 to join Ko at the top.
Lee Mi-Rim of the host country and Lexi Thompson of the United States are tied in third at 12-under at the par-72, 6,364-yard Ocean Course at Sky 72 Golf & Resort.
After turning at 14-under, Ko committed back-to-back bogeys at the 11th and 12th, followed by a birdie at the 13th and a double bogey at the 14th.
But she came back with a birdie at the 15th and 17th.
"I thought I hit the ball pretty good until the shot on 11, pushed it on 12. I think that the 11th hole was a turning point where I started not hitting the ball very good," Ko said.
"On the front nine, I thought I put myself in a good position. I thought it was an okay ball-striking day. I think that when you do hit those missed shots, you kind of have to pray to get a good lie in the rough or get a little fortunate."
— LPGA (@LPGA) October 17, 2015
American Matt Kuchar maintained a two-shot lead on day three of the Fiji International Saturday after firing a three-under 69, his first sub-par round of the tournament.
The world number 16 was at one-under 215 after 54 holes, two shots ahead of Australian Aron Price who matched Kuchar's 69 in blustery conditions.
Another Australian, Nick Cullen, was six strokes off the pace in third place, ahead of New Zealanders Ryan Fox and Brad Shilton.
Local hero Vijay Singh, the three-time major winner who designed the Natadola Bay golf course where the event is being played, was in a five-way tie for sixth place after shooting a one-under 71.
The Fiji event is co-sanctioned by OneAsia and the Australasian PGA.
Leading third-round scores (Australian unless stated)
215 – Matt Kuchar (USA) 74-72-69
217 – Aron Price 78-70-69
221 – Nick Cullen 74-76-71
222 – Ryan Fox (NZL) 76-73-73
223 – Brad Shilton (NZL) 77-76-70
224 – Vijay Singh (FIJ) 78-75-71, Peter Wilson 76-76-72, James Nitties 75-77-72, Scott Laycock 75-75-74, Ryan Haller 79-75-70
Matt Kuchar sinks putt on second hole of Fiji International… and he didn't even have to touch the ball. http://t.co/fwnxge8PJ5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 16, 2015
Taiwan’s Hung Chien-yao stormed into the lead on the second day of the Venetian Macao Open on Friday with a seven-under-par 64, but was still only one shot ahead of the tournament’s defending champion.
The 23-year-old’s stunning round at the Macau Golf and Country Club, which included seven birdies, propelled him to his first-ever lead on the Asian tour, in a tournament that has also seen four-time Major winner Ernie Els and two-time Macao Open champion Zhang Lian-wei miss the cut at the halfway mark.
“Everything feels good,” said Hung, whose overall score was a 10-under-par 132.
“I didn’t push myself and didn’t tell myself that I have to play good. I was relaxed and enjoyed the day.”
One shot behind after two days of golf were defending tournament champion Anirban Lahiri, as well as South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, India’s Chiragh Kumar and Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva.
Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong, who was in the lead after the first day of the $1 million (880,000-euro) tournament, struggled on day two with a 71.
— Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) October 16, 2015
Leading scores (par 71)
132 – Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 68-64
133 – Anirban Lahiri (IND) 66-67, Jeunghun Wang (KOR) 65-68, Chiragh Kumar (IND) 67-66, Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 68-65
134 – Scott Hend (AUS) 66-68, Sam Brazel (AUS) 68-66
135 – Thitiphun Chuayprakong (THA) 64-71, Rahil Gangjee (IND) 67-68, Lee Sung (KOR) 70-65, Rashid Khan (IND) 70-65