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Two former world No. 1 amateurs part of three-way 54-hole lead at Portland Classic

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PORTLAND, Oregon. – Andrea Lee and Lilia Wu reached number one in the women’s world amateur rankings when they were in college. Now they have a chance to win their first LPGA Tour victory.

Wu had four birds in the bottom nine and was 3rd to 69 on Saturday, with Lee finishing strong with 67 to share the lead with Japan’s Ayaka Furue (67) ahead of the AmazingCre Portland Classic final round.

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Lee starred at Stanford and said Columbia Edgewater reminded her of the Cardinal’s home field with its tree-lined fairways. Wu was an All-American at UCLA and she got her LPGA Tour card back this year thanks to the Epson Tour.

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Furue, who won the Ladies Scottish Open this year, joined at the age of 203.

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Neither could find a big lead with so many players in the mix, and when the day ended, 10 players were within three shots of the lead.

“I’ll just go there and have a good time and golf will do what it will do,” Wu said.


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Former British Open champion Hinako Shibuno scored 66 points and was one shot behind along with Paula Reto of South Africa who had 67 points, former PGA Women’s Champion Hannah Green (68) and Daniela Darkea of ​​Ecuador who had the most thrilling round 68.

Darkea kicked the Eagle off the fairway on the ninth hole to get back in the game and then finished with a 25-foot birdie.

Germany’s Esther Henseleit scored 71 points and was two shots behind along with Ryan O’Toole (67), while Spain’s Carlota Zyganda and Sweden’s Maya Stark, who played in Oklahoma State, were three shots behind in the group.

Stark plays his first tournament as a member of the LPGA Tour. She has won four times on the Women’s European Tour this year, most recently at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland, which was jointly sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and counted as a win.


Highlights: Portland Classic, Round 3

Highlights: Portland Classic, Round 3

Stark was one shot behind when she hit three shots from about 12 feet on the 16th par-3 hole and made what she called a “quick double bogey”. However, it is very versatile, like many others.

“There are so many girls ahead, so I think about 20 people will fight for the victory,” Henseleit said. “Just try to go out and shoot something low and see if tomorrow is your day.”

Also three shots behind was Columbia Edgewater’s Caroline Inglis, who had a lot of support throughout the day.

“It’s so nice. Like, I’ll do something like a scarecrow tap or something and they’ll clap their hands. It’s like, ‘Calm down.’ But no, it’s nice to have so many familiar faces and a good crowd supporting me. It doesn’t happen often, so it’s something special.”

Brooke Henderson of Canada was four shots behind. Nellie Korda had 69 points and was six shots behind. Corday needs to win to have a chance to return to the top spot in the world.



Source: www.golfchannel.com

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