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Japan’s Nasa Hataoka takes a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the Los Angeles Open; Jin Young Ko among three golfers tied at six under watch the final round from 11:30 p.m., Sunday on Sky Sports Golf

Last update: 24/04/22 08:18

Nasa Hataoka took a four-shot lead after three rounds of the LA Open

Nasa Hataoka held on to his strong finish to complete a four-under 67 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the Los Angeles Open.

Japan’s Hataoka birdied her last three holes on Friday and finished Saturday’s round with five birdies and just one bogey. His second-round co-leader, South Korean Jin Young Ko, ended the day one round after some disastrous holes near the end of his round at Wilshire Country Club.

“So in yesterday’s round something sparked in me, and I was able to bring that to today’s round as well,” Hataoka said. “I think that really helped me today. All my birdies except (No 9), they were within 15 feet, so I felt like I was putting really well.”

Ko played her first 15 holes bogeyless at three under, but went bogey/quadruple bogey on the 16th and 17th. She birdied on the 18th and is one of three golfers tied at six under, along with Inbee Park and Haeji Kang .

Despite the few tricky holes, Ko was optimistic about his turn after a birdie on the 18th.

“I thought if I made the par (at 18) it was still good, but I birdied the last hole. The last hole is huge for the next round. So I played quite a bit; just 17 was a big mistake,” she added. mentioned.

Australian Hannah Green, who started the day alone in second place, shot two under to stay second, four shots behind Hataoka.

Among the three golfers tied for sixth at four under is Lilia Vu, who shot a 66, highlighted by three birdies in her first four holes and an eagle at No. 13.

“I mean, I usually start slow, then my best laps just started really early in the lap. I mean, I saw the opportunities and took advantage of them, I guess,” Vu said.

The tournament is part of a two-week run in the Los Angeles area, with the Palos Verdes Championship next week.

Watch round three of the LA Open live on Sky Sports Golf from 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

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