Hull takes lead in HSBC Women’s

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SINGAPORE — Australia’s Katherine Hull had seven birdies en route to a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Angela Stanford after the third round of the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Hull, who won the Australian Ladies Masters last month, had an 11-under 205 total on the Tanah Merah Country Club, where play was suspended for 2 hours, 19 minutes because of lighting and heavy rain.

“I’m liking the fact I have a two-shot lead, and I’m confident in how I’m playing,” Hull said. “So game on.”

Sun Young Yoo (68) was a stroke back of Stanford and a shot ahead of Korean compatriot Mi Hyun Kim (70), with second round co-leader American Paula Creamer (72) five strokes off the lead.

Creamer was disappointed with her round.

“I didn’t hit it very well and didn’t putt well at all. I didn’t have any speed or anything that got any momentum going,” Creamer said. “Hopefully, I can start off well and then maybe make (Hull) nervous and try and put some pressure on the leaderboard.”

Stanford shot a bogey-free 66 to move into position for her fourth victory in her last nine starts. The sixth-ranked Texan won the season-opening SBS Open in Hawaii after closing last season with two victories in her final six events. In addition to the three wins, she has five other top-seven finishes in her last eight tournaments.

Stanford got her sixth birdie of the round on 16 to move into a tie for the lead with Hull at 9 under. But Hull made birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 with accurate approach shots. She hit a wedge to 7 feet on No. 16 and hit a 5-iron to 4 feet on the par 4, 414-yard 18th hole.

Hull could win her second LPGA event Sunday. She won the Canadian Women’s Open last summer.

“I probably won’t watch the leaderboard a whole lot tomorrow,” Hull said. “I’m probably going to go out there wanting to think about my golf game. The things that worked for me in the past. I just want to treat it as another day in the office and go out there and do my best.”

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the defending champion coming off her 25th LPGA victory last week in Thailand, shot a 69 to top a group six shots off the lead. Hall of Famer Juli Inkster (69), fifth-ranked Jiyai Shin (66), Amy Yang (69) and Jane Park also were 5 under.

“I want to win and I believe it’s possible so I need to be more aggressive tomorrow, get some birdies early and hopefully continue the momentum,” Ochoa said.

Scores with relation to par from the third round of the HSBC Women’sChampions, played March 7 at the par-72, 6,547-yard Tanah Merah CountryClub in Singapore (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Katherine Hull 70-69-66--205
    -11 2. Angela Stanford 69-72-66--207
    -9 3. Sun Young Yoo 71-69-68--208
    -8 4. Mi Hyun Kim 71-68-70--209
    -7 5. Paula Creamer 67-71-72--210
    -6 6. Jiyai Shin 72-73-66--211
    -5 6. Lorena Ochoa 69-73-69--211
    -5 6. Juli Inkster 72-70-69--211
    -5 6. Amy Yang 73-69-69--211
    -5 6. Jane Park 67-71-73--211
    -5 11. Angela Park 67-76-69--212
    -4 11. Yani Tseng 72-71-69--212
    -4 11. Eun-Hee Ji 69-73-70--212
    -4 11. Ai Miyazato 68-72-72--212
    -4 15. Suzann Pettersen 72-70-71--213
    -3 15. Meena Lee 72-70-71--213
    -3 15. Lindsey Wright 72-69-72--213
    -3 15. Se Ri Pak 69-72-72--213
    -3 19. Karen Stupples 73-74-67--214
    -2 19. Cristie Kerr 73-71-70--214
    -2 21. Jimin Kang 72-73-70--215
    -1 21. Momoko Ueda 71-73-71--215
    -1 21. Kristy McPherson 72-71-72--215
    -1 21. Seon Hwa Lee 68-74-73--215
    -1 21. Anja Monke 73-70-72--215
    -1 26. Giulia Sergas 77-71-68--216
    E 26. Karrie Webb 74-69-73--216
    E 26. Michele Redman 70-72-74--216
    E 26. Song-Hee Kim 72-70-74--216
    E 30. H.J. Choi 72-74-71--217 + 1 30. Ji-Hee Lee 73-72-72--217 + 1 30. Hee Young Park 72-72-73--217 + 1 33. Na Yeon Choi 74-72-72--218 + 2 33. Catriona Matthew 72-73-73--218 + 2 33. Heather Young 70-76-72--218 + 2 33. Hee-Won Han 73-72-73--218 + 2 33. Jee Young Lee 73-74-71--218 + 2 33. Candie Kung 74-77-67--218 + 2 39. Brittany Lang 71-74-74--219 + 3 39. In-Kyung Kim 71-74-74--219 + 3 39. Christina Kim 73-73-73--219 + 3 39. Teresa Lu 72-74-73--219 + 3 39. Gwladys Nocera 69-74-76--219 + 3 39. Natalie Gulbis 70-73-76--219 + 3 39. Helen Alfredsson 77-73-69--219 + 3 39. Shanshan Feng 70-71-78--219 + 3 47. Russy Gulyanamitta 72-72-76--220 + 4 47. Laura Diaz 75-73-72--220 + 4 47. Morgan Pressel 73-75-72--220 + 4 47. Carin Koch 71-77-72--220 + 4 47. Sandra Gal 73-76-71--220 + 4 47. Stacy Prammanasudh 73-76-71--220 + 4 53. Ji Young Oh 71-75-75--221 + 5 53. Louise Friberg 71-76-74--221 + 5 53. Pornanong Phatlum 75-73-73--221 + 5 53. Janice Moodie 74-74-73--221 + 5 53. Minea Blomqvist 73-75-73--221 + 5 58. Jin Joo Hong 76-71-75--222 + 6 58. Wendy Ward 73-74-75--222 + 6 58. Alena Sharp 72-72-78--222 + 6 58. Katie Futcher 72-77-73--222 + 6 58. Sophie Gustafson 72-79-71--222 + 6 63. Il Mi Chung 71-76-76--223 + 7 63. Ashleigh Simon 80-71-72--223 + 7 65. Rachel Hetherington 77-73-74--224 + 8 65. Young Kim 76-74-74--224 + 8 67. Shiho Oyama 72-77-76--225 + 9 67. Inbee Park 74-77-74--225 + 9 69. Leta Lindley 73-80-73--226 + 10 69. Nicole Castrale 77-78-71--226 + 10 71. Becky Morgan 79-75-73--227 + 11 72. Pat Hurst 76-79-74--229 + 13 73. Diana D'Alessio 81-77-72--230 + 14 73. Laura Davies 81-77-72--230 + 14 75. Jill McGill 82-72-77--231 + 15 75. Allison Fouch 82-76-73--231 + 15 77. Vicky Hurst 79-84-71--234 + 18 78. a-Joey Poh 78-83-76--237 + 21
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