South Korea’s Inbee Park shot a 5-under-par 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.
The 2008 US Women’s Open champion had a 14-under 199 total at Grey Silo. She rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
“I hit the ball very good today,’’ Park said. “I hit a lot of good iron shots, and I think I played the par-5s really good today. That helped me a lot.’’
Brittany Lang and Hee Kyung Seo each shot a 67 to reach 12 under.
Lang parred the first 15 holes, then birdied Nos. 16 and 17 and made a 5-foot eagle putt on 18. The former Duke star is winless on the LPGA Tour.
“I hit some good putts and some good shots and I just couldn’t get anything going,’’ Lang said. “But I stayed patient and positive and finally made the birdie on 16 and got some energy and hit a great shot into 17. You can hit good putts and not make them, but I stayed positive and just hit two awesome shots on 18. I’m very happy with that finish.’’
Anna Nordqvist was 10 under after a 67.
“I hit a lot of greens, took advantage of the par-5s, and I think that’s the keys on this course,’’ said Nordqvist.
China’s Shanshan Feng, coming off a major victory two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship, was 9 under after a 70, along with Karin Sjodin (69), Nicole Hage (67), and first-round leader Sandra Changkija (69).
Stacy Lewis, a two-time winner this year, had a 69 to top the group at 8 under.
Michelle Wie was even par after a 73.
Champions - Bob Tway shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia (67) after the second round of the Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
Tway had eight birdies, including six in a row on Nos. 7-12. With a chance at matching or breaking the course record of 64, he bogeyed the par-4 18th.
First-round leader Russ Cochran had a 71 to drop into a tie for third at 7 under with Michael Allen, Hale Irwin, and Jay Don Blake.
The 53-year-old Tway is winless on the 50-and-over tour, but he won the 2003 Canadian Open for the last of his eight PGA Tour titles.
Calcavecchia, claimed two of his 11 PGA Tour wins in Canada.
European - Danny Willett, in pursuit of his first tour victory, carded a 3-under 69 to lead by a shot after three rounds of the BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany.
Willett, who is at 12 under, moved ahead of Chris Wood (70) and Joel Sjoholm (72). Wood and Sjoholm are also chasing their first wins.
Women’s Public Links - In the 36-hole final at Neshanic Station, N.J., Kyung Kim, an 18-year-old from Chandler, Ariz., beat Ashlan Ramsey, 4 and 2.
Kim, who will attend Southern California in the fall, had 10 birdies on the day, fighting winds that reached 20 miles per hour. Ramsey, a 16-year-old from Milledgeville, Ga., had eight birdies.