Choi has 1-stroke lead at LPGA's Titleholders
BY Associated Press
Sunday, November 18, 2012
11/18/12 at 5:53 AM
U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi was steady after a careless three-putt bogey early in her third round Saturday at the Titleholders and finished with a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour season in Naples, Fla.
Choi limited her mistakes, even as those around her were dropping shots in a tough wind at TwinEagles.
Ai Miyazato quickly gave up her one-shot lead at the start of the round when a chip rolled back to her feet beyond the par-5 second hole and led to double bogey.
Choi hit a hybrid 5-wood to 15 feet for birdie on the par-3 17th and closed with a two-putt for par to reach 12-under 204. That gave her a one-shot advantage over Miyazato, who made four birdies on the back nine and salvaged a 71. So Yeon Ryu, the LPGA rookie of the year and one of Choi's best friends, ran off four straight birdies on the front nine before cooling off for a 66. She was two behind.
Jimenez has share of Hong Kong Open lead: In Hong Kong, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 2-under 68 for a share of the Hong Kong Open lead with New Zealand's Michael Campbell.
Campbell had a 69 to match the 48-year-old Jimenez, the 2005 and 2008 winner, at 10 under. Italy's Matteo Manassero, coming off a playoff victory in the Singapore Open, was a stroke back along with China's Zhang Lian-wei. Manassero had a 64, and Zhang shot 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Poulter leads Australian Masters: In Melbourne, Australia, defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott after the third round of the Australian Masters.
Poulter, the English player who won the World Golf Championship's HSBC Champions in China two weeks ago, had a 13-under 203 total at Kingston Heath. Scott, from Australia, shot a 67.
Stenson takes three-stroke lead in South African Open: In Johannesburg, Sweden's Henrik Stenson closed in on his first European Tour victory in three years, shooting a 3-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the South African Open.
Stenson had a 16-under 200 total Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate. South Africa's George Coetzee and Sweden's Magnus Carlsson were tied for second. Coetzee had a course-record 63 and Carlsson shot 68.