Ariya within striking distance at Manulife LPGA

Sat Sep 3, 2016 8:54pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Lee Mi-hyang took a one-shot lead over Kim Hyo-joo in the third round of the Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario on Saturday but the South Korean pair will be looking over their shoulders at Ariya Jutanugarn, who is closing in on a sixth win since May.

Thailand's Ariya compiled eight birdies for a six-under-par round of 66 on the Whistle Bear course in Cambridge to finish the day tied for third, two strokes behind Lee, who also shot a 66 for a combined 14-under 202.

Kim carded a third-round 68.

World number one Lydia Ko is also in the hunt, four strokes behind, after a day's best eight-birdie 64. The New Zealander predicted she would need another hot round to reel in Lee and the other frontrunners.

"I think it would need to be a low one like today," she added.

Lee, whose sole victory on the LPGA Tour came at the Mizuno Classic in 2014, recovered from a bogey at the first to move into the lead, though she was unaware of her score until after the round.

"I made six birdies and one eagle, but I didn't know that," she told reporters. "So just when I checked my score at the score tent, it was a little amazing for me."

The 23-year-old said she was unhappy with her tee shots on Saturday and would try to sort it out before the final round.

"I think my driver a little bad today, so I want to fix my driver first and then maybe keep doing my putts," she said.   Continued...

 
Aug 27, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN;  Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea drives off the second tee box during the third round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports