Planet Golf — 21 August 2015 by GW staff and news services
Kung, Ko share lead in Canadian Open

COQUITLAM, B.C. — Two-time champion Lydia Ko bogeyed the final hole for a 3-under 69 to fall into a tie with Candie Kung for the third-round lead Saturday in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

After going 46 holes without a bogey, the 18-year-old Ko hit her approach on the par-4 18th near the face of right-side bunker, blasted out to 10 feet and missed the putt.

Kung, the second-round leader after tying the Vancouver Golf Club record with a 64, had a 71 to match Ko at 12-under 204. Alison Lee was third at 10 under after a 66.

Ko won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA Tour’s youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. The New Zealander successfully defended her title in 2013 as an amateur in Edmonton, Alberta. She has two victories this year.

The 34-year-old Kung, from Taiwan, won the last of her LPGA Tour titles in 2008.

France’s Karine Icher (72) was fourth at 9 under, and Spain’s Azahara Munoz (70) was another stroke back. Stacy Lewis (71) and England’s Charley Hull (67) topped the group at 7 under.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, the Women’s British Open winner in her last start, was tied for 11th at 6 under after a 70. The South Korean star has a tour-high four victories this season.

Canadian teen Brooke Henderson, coming off a victory Sunday in the Portland Classic, was tied for 40th at 1 over after a 72.

 

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