Haru ex­tends lead in Texas Shootout

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Ja­pan’s Haru No­mura main­tained her lead through three rounds of the LPGA Texas Shootout de­spite a late stum­ble on Satur­day in Irv­ing, Texas.

Haru dou­ble-bo­geyed the parthree 17th en route to a one-over 72 in windy con­di­tions at Las Coli­nas Coun­try Club.

She was at eight-un­der 205 and owned a two-shot lead en­ter­ing the fi­nal round.

Amer­i­can Cristie Kerr (70), one of six play­ers to break par on Satur­day, was in a three-way tie for sec­ond with South Kore­ans Park In-Bee (71) and ama­teur Seong Eun-Jeong (69).

Amer­i­can Stacy Lewis surged into con­tention with a 66, the best round of the day. She was alone in fifth place and the only other player within three shots of the lead.

Haru, who led by one shot af­ter 36 holes, said she was not both­ered by the blus­tery con­di­tions de­spite the late wob­ble at the 17th.

“Windy (is) easy,” said Haru, a two-time win­ner on the LPGA Tour last year. “I like windy and tough con­di­tions, from fair­way to green. I love it.”

Cristie, who won in Hawaii two weeks ago, was happy with her round that in­cluded three birdies and a pair of bo­geys.

“It would have been nice to make a few more putts but stand­ing on the first tee, any­thing un­der par you would have taken it,” Cristie said.

World No 1 Ly­dia Ko with­drew from the tour­na­ment on Satur­day due to an eye in­fec­tion. She was one-over through her first two rounds. Reuters

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