Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a 5-under 68 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s Australian Open.
Tseng had a three-round total of 14-under 205 at Commonwealth Golf Club. No. 1-ranked Jiyan Shin of South Korea shot 69 and was in second place, followed by her countrywoman Ji Eun-hee, who had five birdies and two bogeys in her 70 and was four strokes behind Tseng.
2011 WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
The Australian Open is the biggest women's event Down Under, as well as the kickoff to the 2011 Ladies European Tour season.
Tseng dropped just one shot on Saturday, at the second, scoring six birdies, but still feels there is still room for improvement.
"It was a very tough day," Tseng said. "I feel I can play much better than this. I needed more putts to drop in the hole. Hopefully tomorrow my putting will be better."
Shin completed her final three holes of the second round on Saturday morning along with 57 other players who were forced off the course when a thunderstorm hit the area Friday.
Katherine Hull of Australia shot 67 and was at 211, six strokes off the lead, with Colombia's Mariajo Uribe rounding off the top five, albeit seven strokes behind the leader. England's Melissa Reid scored a 72 to move to 4 under, one shot ahead of compatriot Laura Davies, who put in an impressive performance with five birdies and just a single bogey in her round of 69 to reach 216, one ahead of four-time champion Karrie Webb, who shot 74 Saturday.