SHIGA, Japan. Japan’s Momoko Ueda threw out 4th place at the age of 68 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Toto Japan Classic. Ueda also had a one-shot lead after the second round.
Ueda, who had a total of 14 points to 202 over three rounds, was one shot ahead of Gemma Dryburgh, who scored 65 points for the best round of the day. Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum also scored 65 points, but was far behind at Seta Golf Course in western Japan.
Ueda won this tournament in 2007 and 2011.
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Japan’s Miyu Yamashita hit 69, two strokes behind. The field is closely clustered with nine other players within five throws of the lead.
“I don’t like the rhythm of my swing and also my beat this week,” said Ueda. “Maintaining a good rhythm will be the key to tomorrow.”
Dryburgh is only playing in Japan for the second time and will look to win his first LPGA Tour win on Sunday.
“I’m doing well,” said the Scottish player. “Hit him a little closer than usual, which always helps. I think I hit a couple of feet today, so nice and easy. Without stress.”
Dryburgh was asked how she would approach the final round.
“Hopefully stay where you are and do the same as today. Try to shoot one at a time – as they say.
World No. 1 Attaya Titikul missed by nine shots after 73 shots in the third round.