Golf: Lydia Ko leads at Lake Merced, seeks first win since 2016
Former No. 1 Lydia Ko moved into position for her first win in nearly two years, shooting a 5-under 67 at Lake Merced on Saturday for a one-shot lead over Jessica Korda at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.
Ko has two previous victories at Lake Merced among her 14 wins overall, but she hasn’t won since July 2016 and has changed instructors twice since then, along with switching caddies and equipment.
The 22-year-old from New Zealand hit 14 greens in regulation to match the low round of the day in cool and breezy conditions just outside San Francisco. Her three-day total of 11-under 205 was enough to overtake Korda, who shot 71. Minjee Lee (68) was three shots back. Ko followed up her lone bogey by holing a bunker shot for birdie on the par-4 11th. She got up-and-down from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-5 15th and made a 12-footer with about 3 feet of break that fell in the side of the hole on No. 16.
Kisner, Brown team for one-shot lead at Zurich
Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown teamed to shoot an 8-under 64 in better ball on Saturday to take a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the Zurich Classic.
The duo lost on the fourth hole of a playoff to Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt last year, the first for the Zurich as a team event. They’re in contention once again atop a crowded leaderboard at 20-under 196.
Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays shot a bogey-free 63, and Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam teamed for a 66 to finish one shot behind Kisner and Brown. There were 13 teams within four shots of the lead.
Several teams went low in the easier better-ball format. The teams of Brice Garnett-Chesson Hadley, Billy Horschel-Scott Piercy and Jason Dufner-Pat Perez all shot 61s to jump into contention. The format switches to alternate shot for the final round.
Otaegui, Wallace share third-round lead at China Open
Adrian Otaegui of Spain moved into a share of the third-round lead with England’s Matt Wallace after shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday at the China Open.
Otaegui and Wallace, who led by one stroke after the second round, had three-round totals of 12-under 204 on the Topwin Golf and Country Club course to lead by one stroke going into Sunday’s final round.
Wallace had a 69 Saturday.
Sweden’s Alexander Bjork (67), Julien Guerrier of France (68) and Jorge Campillo of Spain (68) were tied for third in the European Tour event.
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