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Lydia Ko birdies final hole to reach 21 under at LPGA LOTTE; leads Nelly Korda by one

Nelly Korda went deep within the third spherical of the LPGA LOTTE Championship on Friday, matching Lydia Ko’s spherical of 9-under 63 a day earlier than, however Korda nonetheless couldn’t wrestle the lead away from Ko.

Entering the final spherical at Kapolei Golf Club on Oahu, Hawaii, Ko is 21 under and has a one-shot lead. She birdied the 18th hole for that slim edge on Korda.

Scores had been low throughout the board, and Korda led the way in which with a 9-under 63 that even included a bogey at the par-4 tenth. Farther down the leaderboard, Wei-Ling Hsu posted the identical quantity, climbing from 52nd all the way in which to a tie for ninth. Hsu eagled the par-5 seventeenth however bogeyed the final.

As for Ko, who two weeks in the past posted the bottom final-round rating in LPGA main championship historical past, a 10-under 62, at the ANA Inspiration, a third-round 65 was sufficient to maintain her forward of her pursuers.

Ko bogeyed the eleventh hole within the first spherical, however has not made a bogey since.

Second-round chief Yuka Saso, a 19-year-old enjoying this week on a sponsor exemption, opened with back-to-back rounds of 64 however dropped to third on Friday with a 71 that included 4 bogeys on her entrance 9. She is 17 under for the event.


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