Jang edges ahead in Singapore after another bogey-free day

Sat Mar 5, 2016 4:14am EST
 
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Jang Ha-na will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the HSBC Women's Champions after the in-form Korean edged ahead of her playing partners on Saturday to remain on course for a second LPGA title in her last four starts.

Jang shot a four-under-par 68 to move to 12-under for the tournament, one ahead of Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum and two clear of joint overnight leader Lee Mi-rim and Amy Yang as Koreans filled three of the top four spots on the leaderboard.

Ariya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Petterson are in a group of six players four shots off the lead but they will most likely need to shoot in the low 60s on Sunday if they are to overhaul the supremely consistent Jang.

"I may try and be a little more aggressive tomorrow," Jang said in a post-round interview. "But I need to stay confident and comfortable and be proud. I talk to myself on every hole, say 'keep going, don't think about it, just play golf'."

The 23-year-old made history in January when she became the first golfer on the LPGA to score a hole-in-one on a par-four in the Bahamas and followed that up with her first win on the circuit in Florida early last month.

Jang secured two top-10 finishes in the subsequent events and has gone bogey-free on the testing Serapong Course since the 14th hole of her first round with an exemplary display of ball-striking from tee to green.

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One a day of low scoring despite windy conditions, the final group of Jang, Lee and Pornanong matched each other shot-for-shot on the front nine to stay ahead of the chasing pack at the $1.5 million restricted-field event.   Continued...