Hull takes lead at LPGA fi­nale

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Ly­dia Ko and Ariya Ju­tanu­garn will set­tle the LPGA Tour’s big­gest awards and prizes Sun­day at Tiburon. They’re chas­ing Charley Hull in the CME Group Tour Cham­pi­onship.

“I think it’s go­ing to be a very in­ter­est­ing Sun­day,” Ko said Satur­day af­ter drop­ping into a tie for fourth in the sea­son fi­nale.

Ko needs a vic­tory to top Ju­tanu­garn in the player of the year race, and also would take the sea­son points ti­tle and $1 mil­lion CME Globe bonus with a win. Ko also is fight­ing Ju­tanu­garn for the money ti­tle and Chun for the Vare Tro­phy for the low­est scor­ing av­er­age.

“It’s sim­ple: I got win to get it.” Ko said. “That’s why no mat­ter what po­si­tion I am, I’m the chaser. So, I think that al­most puts less pres­sure on me, where I’m not think­ing about where I am ex­actly. I’m try­ing to make as many birdies as I can and give my­self those op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Hull birdied all four par-5 holes in a bo­gey-free 6-un­der 66 on Satur­day to take a one-stroke lead over Brit­tany Lin­ci­come (66) and So Yeon Ryu (69) and twostroke ad­van­tage over Ko (73), Ju­tanu­garn (65), Chun (68), Jen­nifer Song (66) and Lizette Salas (67).

“Just kind of kept in the zone,” Hull said. “I felt like I hit it pretty de­cent, bet­ter than I did yes­ter­day. I holed a few putts and got up-and­down when I needed to . ... I’m happy with my score and look­ing for­ward to to­mor­row.”

The 20-year-old Hull, from Eng­land, had a 13-un­der 203 to­tal. She’s win­less on the tour.

“It was score­able out there,” Hull said. “I don’t un­der­stand why every­one has dropped back. Ob­vi­ously, it is tricky lit­tle golf course on some shots, like 18. You’ve got a good fin­ish­ing hole.”

The top-ranked Ko be­gan the day with a three­shot lead af­ter shoot­ing a 63 on Fri­day.

“I just got to stay pa­tient.” The 19-year-old New Zealan­der said. “I don’t think like I did some­thing hor­ri­bly or dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent. Prob­a­bly those lit­tle things. If you tug it a bit on a right-to-left wind, for ex­am­ple, on the 18th hole, it’s go­ing to look like much more of that draw or pull.”

Ju­tanu­garn had seven birdies in a bo­gey-free round.

“I just try to fo­cus shot by shot, not think about out-

DOROTHY ED­WARDS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ly­dia Ko tees off dur­ing the third round of the LPGA CME Group Tour Cham­pi­onship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. on Satur­day.

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