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Ko wavers but holds on to third place

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/05/2017

World No.1 Lydia Ko wavered slightly on the penultimate day of the LPGA Tour event in Virginia, but has recovered to maintain her third placing.

Ko started positively with a birdie at the par five third hole, but looked in trouble after a mid-round stutter left her scrambling with bogeys at the eighth, 10th and 12th.

She regathered to add three birdies in her last four holes to finish on one-under 70 for a three-round tally of 204, five strokes behind outright leader Lexi Thompson of the United States.

Korean In Gee Chun is three strokes behind Thompson in second place, with Ko, Australian Minjee Lee and Korea's Sei Young Kim a further two strokes back in a share of third.

Without a win for 18 tournaments since last July, Ko is poised to hold onto her world No.1 ranking for at least another week.

The two players challenging her for the top spot have a lot of ground to make up in the final round.

Defending champion and world No.3 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is five strokes behind Ko in a share of 15th place with 12 others, including second-ranked So Yeon Ryu (South Korea).

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