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Smith loses women's Aust Open golf lead

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/02/2017 Steve Larkin

Queensland golfer Sarah Jane Smith has lost the women's Australian Open lead early in her third round.

Smith is even-par through four holes at Royal Adelaide to remain at nine under but has been overtaken by Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum.

Phatlum has birdied two of her initial three holes to move to 10 under for the tournament.

Australian Su Oh carded a superb five-under-par in testing winds on Saturday to be well placed at eight under overall, the same score as Canadian Maude-Aimee LeBlanc after six holes in her third round.

Australians Hannah Green (five under after eight holes) and first-round leader Katherine Kirk (five under through six holes) also remain in contention to claim their first national championship, while compatriot Minjee Lee is two under after 13 holes.

World No.1 Lydia Ko struggled to make ground on the leaders, shooting an even-par morning round to remain even for the tournament, the same total as Canada's world No.8 Brooke Henderson.

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