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Americans lead in Korea LPGA Championship

Elettra Stolfi | 18 Ottobre, 2016, 00:03

Alison Lee of the United States watches her shot on the third hole during the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Her ball hopped onto the green, curled right toward the pin and missed by a few inches on the high side before stopping a foot away. The world No.44 enters the final round in search of her first win on the LPGA Tour and will begin the final round with a three-stroke lead at 13-under par, ahead of Brittany Lang at 10-under par and In-Kyung Kim at nine-under par.

Ciganda played the final five holes in four-over - making a double bogey on 14 and bogeys on 16 and 18 - for a two-over 70. She became the third European victor this year following Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and Germany's Caroline Masson. The two-time European Solheim Cup player added a 20-footer on the par-4 10th for a four-stroke margin and was five ahead soon after. It was the first LPGA Tour title for Ciganda, the world number 37 who made her debut in 2012.

Olympic bronze medallist Shanshan Feng, of China, and Korea's Min-Sun Kim finished in a share of third at eight under, two strokes out of the play-off. Lang is one of just two Americans to win on Tour this season, the other being the defending champion here, Lexi Thompson, who won in February at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Her previous lowest finish this year was 43rd-equal in last month's Evian Championship, which she followed with a 20th-equal placing in Taiwan last week.

The 19-year-old finished 13 shots behind victor Carlota Ciganda of Spain.

Mize shot a 69 to tie for third with Tom Byrum (65) and Jeff Sluman (68) at 11 under. She has four victories this year, one behind second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn for the tour lead.

Lang shot a seven-under 65 in the second round at the par-72 Ocean Course at Sky 72 Golf & Resort, adjacent to Incheon International Airport.

Golf - LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship - Play-off Round - Incheon, South Korea - 16/10/16.

Fourth-ranked Brooke Henderson had her worst round of the season, shooting a 78 alongside Ko to drop to 5 over.

Lee also rebounded well from her first bogey of the day, following a dropped shot on the par-3 third with four straight birdies. Both players shot 4-under 67 to finish at 18-under 266. The Canadian teen plans to play all six week in Asia.

In this Associated Press photo, Brittany Lang of the United States watches her shot at the third hole during the second round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at Sky 72 Golf & Resort's Ocean Course in Incheon on October 14, 2016.

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