Ko, Kung share lead in Cana­dian Pa­cific Women’s Open

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Two-time cham­pion Ly­dia Ko bo­geyed the fi­nal hole for a 3-un­der 69 to fall into a tie with Candie Kung for the third-round lead Satur­day in the Cana­dian Pa­cific Women’s Open.

Af­ter go­ing 46 holes with­out a bo­gey, the 18-year-old Ko hit her ap­proach on the par-4 18th near the face of the right-side bunker, blasted out to 10 feet and missed the putt.

“Over­all I played re­ally solid to­day, so I’m happy with the way I’m hit­ting it and the way I’m putting it,” Ko said. “I think ev­ery round, un­less I shoot 18-un­der par, I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to say, ‘Hey, I knew it could have been bet­ter.’ But no, I’m play­ing solid, and that’s the mind­set I’ve got to have and just have fun out there to­mor­row.”

Kung, the sec­ond-round leader af­ter ty­ing the Van­cou­ver Golf Club record with a 64, had a 71 to match Ko at 12-un­der 204. Ali­son Lee was third at 10 un­der af­ter a 66.

Ko won in 2012 at Van­cou­ver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to be­come the LPGA Tour’s youngest win­ner and fifth am­a­teur cham­pion. The New Zealan­der suc­cess­fully de­fended her ti­tle in 2013 as an am­a­teur in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta.

“It’s been a great crowd, lots of Korean fans out here, Cana­dian, New Zealan­ders and I’m sure from ev­ery­where,” said Ko, a two-time win­ner this year. “It’s great to see a lot of peo­ple out here and I think they get re­ally ex­cited when we play well, too.”

The 34-year-old Kung, from Tai­wan, won the last of her LPGA Tour ti­tles in 2008.

“Feel­ing pretty good to­day,” Kung said. “I hit the ball good and it was ac­tu­ally one of the best ball-strik­ing days I had all week. Just missed a cou­ple putts here and there. Those were all wrong reads. But I’m hit­ting it good, putting it good.”

Kung tied for sec­ond last week in Port­land, Ore­gon, eight strokes be­hind Cana­dian teen Brooke Hen­der­son.

“It’s 18 holes, one shot at a time, one putt at a time,” Kung said. “We will see what hap­pens at the end of the day.”

The 20-year-old Lee has top-10 fin­ishes this year.

“I’m just go­ing to play ag­gres­sively,” Lee said. “I’ve been in con­tention a cou­ple of times but it was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I just need to be con­fi­dent and hit good shots, stay pos­i­tive. Not ex­pect too much

four and not get ahead of my­self.”

France’s Karine Icher (72) was fourth at 9 un­der, and Spain’s Aza­hara Munoz (70) was another stroke back. Stacy Lewis (71) and Eng­land’s Charley Hull (67) topped the group at 7 un­der.

Top- ranked In­bee Park, the Women’s Bri­tish Open win­ner in her last start, was tied for 11th at 6 un­der af­ter a 70. The South Korean star has a tour-high four vic­to­ries this sea­son.

The 17-year-old Hen­der­son was tied for 40th at 1 over af­ter a 72.

Hen­der­son bo­geyed the sec­ond hole, then hit into the wa­ter on No. 3 and made a dou­ble bo­gey.

“It was a re­ally rough start,” Hen­der­son said “I am happy to fin­ish with the birdie on 18. You feel good about the round even though maybe I shouldn’t be.”

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