Jang is ahead en­ter­ing Marathon’s fi­nal stretch

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Ha Na Jang shot a 2-un­der-par 69 on Satur­day, leav­ing her a stroke ahead with one round left in the LPGA Tour’s rain-plagued Marathon Clas­sic in Syl­va­nia, Ohio.

The South Korean player had an 11-un­der 202 to­tal at High­land Mead­ows. Fight­ing back pain, she opened with rounds of 66 and 67 and has only two bo­geys over the first 54 holes.

Play was de­layed for 1 hour 59 min­utes in the af­ter­noon. De­lays Fri­day forced 54 play­ers to com­plete the sec­ond round Satur­day morn­ing.

South Korea’s Q Baek was sec­ond. She birdied the fi­nal hole for a 68.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Ly­dia Ko, ranked No. 2 in the world, was 9 un­der along with topranked In­bee Park, Chella Choi, Austin Ernst and Shan­shan Feng. Ko and Park shot 67, Choi had a 65, Ernst a 66 and Feng a 68.

lPGA: Ricky Barnes and Scott Piercy both shot 6-un­der 65 to share the third-round lead in the inau­gu­ral Bar­ba­sol Cham­pi­onship in Opelika, Ala.

Barnes and Piercy reached 13un­der 200 on Grand Na­tional’s Lake Course and will be paired to­gether again while jock­ey­ing for the lead Sun­day.

“We were both hit­ting solid shots, giv­ing our­selves good looks,” Barnes said. “And we both got off to a great start. We both holed about an 18- to 20-footer on the first hole. So we saw balls go­ing in the hole, saw good shots. Not so much com­pet­ing but kind of feed­ing off each other.”

Piercy birdied four of the first five holes. He has won twice on the PGA Tour.

“I’ve won a cou­ple of times where I think a cou­ple of the guys that are up there haven’t won yet,” Piercy. “I think that’s prob­a­bly a big­ger ad­van­tage is that I’ve got­ten it done a cou­ple of times. Not wor­ried about lock­ing upmy card this week or stuff like that is another ad­van­tage.”

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