Kim leads by one after third round at Marathon Classic

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – South Korea’s Kim Sei-young fired a five-under-par 66 to preserve a one-shot lead after the third round of the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic last Saturday.

Kim, who started the day one clear of the field after a dazzling seven-under-par 64 last Friday, produced a flawless charge on the back nine to stay on top of the leaderboard heading into the final round.

The 26-year-old from Seoul carded seven birdies and two bogeys to finish the day with a 16 under total after 54 holes at the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.

After reaching the turn at one under, Kim’s charge came down the stretch with back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th before another pair of birdies on 16 and 17.

A par five on the last left her one clear of Lexi Thompson of the United States (US) as she chases a ninth career victory on the LPGA Tour and her second win of 2019.

South Korea’s Kim Sei-young watches her chip shot to the 18th green during the third round of the Marathon Classic. – AFP