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Golf: Kiwi teen star Ko grabs LPGA Founders Cup lead entering final round

Published on Mar 23, 2014 3:38 PM
 
Lydia Ko of New Zealand hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the JTBC LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club on March 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko fired a five-under par 67 on Saturday, March 22, 2014, to seize a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Founders Cup. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHOENIX (AFP) - New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko fired a five-under par 67 on Saturday to seize a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Founders Cup.

The South Korean-born world No.4, seeking her first professional LPGA title, stood on 16-under par 200 after 54 holes at Wildfire Golf Club.

Jessica Korda, the 21-year-old US daughter of retired tennis star Petr Korda; and South Korean rookie Mirim Lee, in her third LPGA event and US debut; shared second on 201, with South Korean Yoo Sun Young another shot back.

Ko, 16, won back-to-back LPGA Canadian Women's Open titles as an amateur and could have another breakthrough two weeks before the first women's major event of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

 
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