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Ko six shots astray going into final round

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/04/2016
Lydia Ko © Getty Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko has grafted a hard-earned one-over 73 to sit six shots off the pace after three rounds at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco.

The world No.1 shares eighth place with Australian 19-year-old Minjee Lee, who slipped from second overnight after posting two-over 74 in cool and breezy conditions at Lake Merced.

Ko mixed three bogeys with two birdies for a three-round total of 212, with Japan's Haru Nomura maintaining her overnight lead with one-under 71 to sit on 206 going into the final round.

Ko was disappointed with her effort on Sunday (NZT), describing it as "pretty average".

"My game wasn't really up to it today.

"I felt like chipping, short game-wise it was good, but I wasn't making the putts that needed to go in for birdie or those crucial par saves.

"Obviously there wasn't a lot going on today because there was only two birdies and three bogeys, but I definitely think it could have been worse."

Nomura holds a three-stroke lead over South African Lee-Anne Price and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi.

Canadian Brooke Henderson and Catriona Matthew of Scotland join Gerina Piller (US) and So Reon Ryu (South Korea) two further shots back in a tie for fourth.

Ko is hunting her third successive Swinging Skirts title, and will become just the 11th player in LPGA history to win the same event three times on end if she does so.

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