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Monday November 19, 2012

Korean Na-yeon takes lead in LPGA season finale

NAPLES (Florida): South Korea’s Choi Na-yeon bounced back from an early bogey to fire a three-under par 69 on Saturday and seize a one-stroke, third-round lead at the LPGA’s season-ending Titleholders.

Na-yeon, the reigning US Women’s Open champion, moved atop the leaderboard early after overnight leader Ai Miyazato of Japan made a double-bogey on the par-five second hole.

Na-yeon bogeyed the third, but that was the only blemish on a card that included four birdies and gave her a 54-hole total of 12-under 204 at TwinEagles.

Na-yeon is the only player to post every round in the 60s so far this week.

She was one stroke in front of Miyazato, who had a bogey at the par-five fifth but rebounded with four birdies on the back nine for a one-under 71.

That put Miyazato alone in second on 205.

South Korean Ryu So-yeon carded a 68 to lie third on 206.

So-yeon, who has already secured Rookie of the Year honours, had six birdies, including four in a row from the fifth to stay in touch with the leader.

France’s Karine Icher and American Brittany Lincicome both carded 70s to share fourth place on 207.

The top three finishers in each official LPGA Tour event qualified for this tournament, with a field featuring the top 31 players on the money list and the top 13 in the world rankings. — AFP

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