NAPLES, Fla. — U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi was steady after a careless three-putt bogey early in her third round Saturday at the Titleholders and finished with a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour season.
Choi limited her mistakes, even as those around her were dropping shots in a tough wind at TwinEagles.
Choi hit a hybrid 5-wood to 15 feet for birdie on the par-3 17th and closed with a two-putt for par to reach 12-under 204. That gave her a one-shot advantage over Miyazato, who made four birdies on the back nine and salvaged a 71. So Yeon Ryu, the LPGA rookie of the year and one of Choi’s best friends, ran off four straight birdies on the front nine before cooling off for a 66. She was two behind.
Jimenez shoots 2-under to share lead
HONG KONG — Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 2-under 68 for a share of the Hong Kong Open lead with New Zealand’s Michael Campbell.
Campbell had a 69 to match the 48-year-old Jimenez, the 2005 and 2008 winner, at 10 under. Italy’s Matteo Manassero, coming off a playoff victory in the Singapore Open, was a stroke back along with China’s Zhang Lian-wei. Manassero had a 64, and Zhang shot 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Poulter leads Scott after third round
MELBOURNE, Australia — Defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott after the third round of the Australian Masters.
Stenson closes in on Euro Tour victory
JOHANNESBURG — Sweden’s Henrik Stenson closed in on his first European Tour victory in three years Saturday, shooting a 3-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the South African Open.
Stenson had a 16-under 200 total Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate. South Africa’s George Coetzee and Sweden’s Magnus Carlsson were tied for second. Coetzee had a course-record 63 and Carlsson shot 68.