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Ayaka Furue takes two-stroke lead into final round of LPGA tournament in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) – Ayaka Furue of Japan took a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s World Championship with a four-under 68 on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Furue, who won the Women’s Scottish Open in her first year on tour in 2022, had a 54-hole total of 10-under 206.

The late groups had to contend with rain and windy conditions at Sentosa Golf Club.

Hannah Green was in second place after a 67. Second-round leader Celine Boutier (72) and Andrea Lee (67) were tied for third, three strokes behind Furue.

Two-time defending champion Jin Young Ko moved well up the leaderboard with a round-of-the-day 66 and was four strokes behind and tied for fifth in the 66-player, no-cut tournament.

Patty Tavatanakit, who won last week’s LPGA event in Thailand, shot 73 and was at two-under, eight strokes behind.

Lydia Ko, who has 20 career wins, including two majors, shot 71 and was at one-over. Ko was level with Minjee Lee (72), who is playing for the first time this year on the LPGA Tour.

The tournament is the second of three straight weeks in Asia for the LPGA Tour. Next week the tour moves to China and the Blue Bay event on Hainan Island before heading back across the Pacific and to Palos Verdes, California for its next tournament beginning March 21.

Ayaka Furue of Japan plays a shot on 10th tee during the first round of the HSBC Women’s Wold Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore Thursday, February 29, 2024. PHOTO: AP
Minjee Lee of Australia plays a putt on the 11th tee during the first round of the HSBC Women’s Wold Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore Thursday, February 29, 2024. PHOTO: AP
Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand poses for a photo with her trophy during the award ceremony after winning the LPGA Honda Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand, Sunday, February 25, 2024. PHOTO: AP

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