Jang is ahead entering Marathon’s final stretch
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.”