Golf: Ko Jin Young takes third round lead in LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon

Jin Young Ko of Korea takes her shot off the ninth tee during the final round of the US Women's Open on July 16, 2017.
Jin Young Ko of Korea takes her shot off the ninth tee during the final round of the US Women's Open on July 16, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's Ko Jin-Young fired a flawless six-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead after the third round at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship on Saturday.

Ko, who is perhaps best known for her runner-up spot at the Women's British Open in 2015, chalked up six birdies including two in her last three holes to end a sunny and breezy day in Incheon, South Korea on a 15-under 201.

"My iron shots today were really strong so I was able to make a lot of birdie chances for myself," said Ko, a nine-time winner on the local KLPGA Tour. "Although I'm in the lead, and I'm leading by two strokes, there are a lot great players out there in the field.

"Tomorrow I would have to really focus and concentrate. At the same time, I haven't seen some of those players for a while so it will be a lot of fun to play with them", she said.

World No. 2 Park Sung Hyun of South Korea carded a third-round 68 to finish at 13-under, falling two strokes behind the leader.

She ended the day level with her compatriot and world No. 7 Chun In Gee, who also returned a 68 Saturday on the par-72 Ocean Course at the SKY72 Golf & Resort.

Park, hunting her third LPGA Tour victory of the year at the co-sanctioned event, scored five birdies and a sole bogey in her first 17 holes and salvaged a par at the last after pushing her drive way right into a hazard and having to take a penalty drop.

"The last hole will be etched in my memory for quite some time," said Park.

Brooke Henderson of Canada, who won a five-stroke victory at the New Zealand Women's Open earlier this month, carded a bogey-free 68 to end the day in a tie for eighth, five strokes off the lead.