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Ko surges into one-stroke lead

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/06/2016

World No.1 Lydia Ko has surged into the lead at the women's PGA Championship in Washington with a steady third-round one-under 70 at Sahalee Country Club.

Chasing her third straight major, Ko collected two birdies on the front nine before mixing two bogeys with another birdie on her run home.

She began the day tied for third, one stroke behind overnight leaders Brooke Henderson and Mirim Lee, who both dropped down the leaderboard to a share of fourth after firing two-over 73 for the third round.

Ko's three-round tally of 211 gives her a one-stroke lead over Americans Brittany Lincicome and Gerina Piller, who both shot even-par 70.

The trio are the only players under par through 54 holes.

Six others are two shots back, including Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, who has won her past three events.

After coming from behind to win the last two major championships, the Evian Championship in September and ANA Inspiration in April, Ko is in a different position taking the lead into the last day.

If she does win, she will be just one win shy of making the LPGA's career grand slam, needing to win either the US Women's Open or the Women's British Open to achieve the feat.

At the moment, however, all the 19-year-old Kiwi is concentrating on is trying to keep the ball on the fairways.

"With the rain overnight, it made the greens a little softer but it was still tough.

"I think with the fairways, and with the rough being lush, those are the key things making the course really tough.

"The course itself makes us work hard - you need to be really creative out there."

Ko said she'd be trying to maintain a relaxed approach on the final day.

"Don't worry about what everybody else does, just focus on that shot you need to hit and that's all I can do," she said.

"To me, the most important thing is just to be focused on my game and not think about what the other players are doing."

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