Amy Yang fired a 5-under 67 on Saturday to match the scorecards she posted on Thursday and Friday to forge a single-stroke lead heading into the ultimate spherical of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Belmont, Mich.
Yang, 33, has misfired for simply 4 bogeys over three days — together with none on Friday — in opposition to 19 birdies at Blythefield Country Club, permitting the South Korean to construct her slight benefit over three golfers tied for second at 14 below.
“I mean, all day — all week my ball striking has been really good, so I was giving myself good chances out there,” stated Yang, who’s at 15-under 201.
She is in pursuit of her second Top 10 end of the season and fifth profession victory. Three of her earlier championships got here in Thailand, although she continues to be in pursuit of her first main.
“I know KPMG is coming and another two weeks after that U.S. Open is coming,” Yang stated. “Always doing my best to win my first major out there. If I play good this week it’ll definitely give me good confidence going into a major, and just going to try it.”
Friday chief Ayake Furue is tied for second after a 3-under 69 Saturday. The Japan native scored bogeys on 13, 16 and 17.
“I’m not satisfied with my shots and putt as well on the back nine,” Furue stated. “I did get the three bogeys today, and if I did get bogeys today, I feel like I should not have to get any bogeys tomorrow.”
Also tied for second are South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai and China’s Xiyu Lin, who notched matching 6-under 66’s on Saturday.
Buhai ended her day with a flourish, knocking in an eagle on the par-5, No. 18 to cap a five-birdie day.
Lin’s day featured no missteps scoring clever, with six birdies juxtaposed in opposition to zero bogeys, a welcome efficiency following a compelled break because of COVID-19.
“Last week I was really itching to play; that’s one of the biggest things, too,” Lin stated. “And plus I really love this course. I just think this course suits my game really, really well.”
In fifth at 13 below are Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand (66), Ireland’s Leona Maguire (69) and Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea (69).
Jutanugarn scored an eagle on the par-5, No. 14.
Rounding out the Top 10 are three golfers tied for eighth: Belgium’s Manon De Roey, Lindsey Weaver-Wright and Jennifer Kupcho, who all shot 69 and are at 12 below.
–Field Level Media