Japan's Ai Miyazato takes LPGA Tour lead
Friday, April 20, 2012
KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Japan's Ai Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 on Friday in difficult wind conditions to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship.
The seven-time LPGA Tour winner had a 10-under 206 total at Ko Olina.
Cristie Kerr and Spain's Azahara Munoz, tied for the second-round lead with Miyazato, were second. Kerr shot a 71, and Munoz had a 73.
Yani Tseng, the top-ranked Taiwanese star who has won three of first six events of the year, was 6 under along with U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu, Jiyai Shin, Meena Lee and Angela Stanford. Tseng and Ryu shot 69, the best scores of the day, while Shin and Stanford followed at 70, and Lee had a 71.
Miyazato went 29 holes without a bogey as the trade winds blew hard across west Oahu before dropping a stroke on the par-3 12th. She rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 13th, had another bogey on the par-3 16th and got back to 10 under with a birdie on the par-4 18th.
Munoz had four birdies and five bogeys in her erratic round.
Lee won the 2006 Fields Open at Ko Olina, also the site of LPGA Tour events in 1990-95 and 2006-08.