Mon, Jun 08, 2009 - Page 19 News List

US duo clings to LPGA lead as Miyazato charges

AFP, WITH STAFF WRITER , SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Amy Hung of Taiwan hits a tee shot on the 16th hole during the third round of the LPGA State Farm Classic golf tournament at Panther Creek Country Club on Saturday in Springfield, Illinois.

PHOTO: AFP

Cristie Kerr fired a six-under par 66 on Saturday to share the lead with fellow American Kristy McPherson after the third round of the US$1.7 million LPGA State Farm Classic.

Kerr and McPherson, who fired a 69, each stood on 12-under par 204 after 54 holes in the final tuneup for next week’s LPGA Championship, one stroke ahead of South Korean Jiyai Shin and two atop seven others, including Ai Miyazato.

Japanese veteran Miyazato fired five birdies in a row and eight overall before a bogey at the 18th left her with a 65 on the day and two off the pace.

Joining Miyazato on 206 were South Korea’s Se Ri-pak and In-kyung Kim, Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, Taiwan’s Amy Hung, Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson and American Angela Stanford.

Kerr, who won last month at Williamsburg, opened with an eagle at the par-5 first and followed with birdies at the par-4 third, par-3 fifth and par-5 sixth holes.

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng was in a group at 211 after shooting 70 on Saturday, while compatriot Teresa Lu was dead last at 219.

PGA MEMORIAL

AFP, DUBLIN

Americans Matt Bettencourt and Mark Wilson shared the lead after the third round of the PGA Memorial tournament but Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy also charged into contention on Saturday.

World No. 1 Woods, a 14-time major champion, matched Bettencourt, seeking his first PGA victory, for the day’s second-low round at four-under 68.

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