Inbee Park takes lead in HSBC Champions; Lydia Ko two shots back
Last Updated: 08/03/15 11:25am
Inbee Park fired a four-under 68 to move shots clear after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions on Saturday.
South Korean Park posted four birdies in a bogey-free round to move to 13-under for the tournament in Singapore, two strokes ahead of top-ranked Lydia Ko and world No 3 Stacy Lewis, who both shot 67.
Third round leaders
-13 Inbee Park (Kor)
-11 Stacy Lewis (USA)
-11 Lydia Ko (Nzl)
-9 Azahara Munoz (Esp)
-9 Anna Nordqvist (Swe)
-9 Suzann Pettersen (Nor)
-8 So yeon Ryu (Kor)
-7 Jessica Korda (USA)
-7 Carlota Ciganda (Esp)
-7 Shanshan Feng (Chn)
Ko fired a blemish-free five-under to maintain her push for a third consecutive victory, following on from wins at the Women's Australian Open two weeks ago and the Women's New Zealand Open last week.
"That would be I guess a dream three weeks," Ko said. "But I'm just going to try my best. The girls are playing good golf and it's a tough course. Just one shot can cost you a couple."
Park has been top of the leaderboard all week but her co-leaders after round one and two, Tseng Yani and Carlota Ciganda, now lie nine and six shots back respectively.
"I hit a lot of shots really close and probably could have made a couple two, three more," Park said. "Hopefully my putter works tomorrow,"
Tomorrow’s final grouping will see the world's top three battle it out for the $1.4million prize, with Park, Ko and Lewis all pushing for victory.
Spaniard Ciganda slipped to tied-eighth alongisde Shanshan Feng and Jessica Korda following a two-over 74, while Yani recovered from two early bogeys to end the day one-under.
Anna Nordqvist shot a four-under 68 and was tied-fourth place with Suzann Pettersen and Azahara Munoz, four strokes off the lead.
Defending champion Paula Creamer carded a two-over 74 to be tied-50th with money rankings leader Amy Yang, who struck four bogeys in a frustrating third round 78.