Chella Choi shares Australian lead after carding course record

Last Updated: 15/02/14 11:48am

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Choi is chasing her first victory since turning professional in 2008

Choi is chasing her first victory since turning professional in 2008

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South Korea's Chella Choi carded a course-record 10-under par 62 to claim the joint lead of the Women's Australian Open alongside teenage amateur Minjee Lee.

Choi scored five birdies on the back nine before wrapping up her remarkable round with an eagle on 18 to beat the previous course record, set on Friday by Caroline Hedwall, by two strokes.

Lee, who finished runner-up at last week's Australian Ladies Masters, shot a 68 to match Choi's aggregate total of three-round, 13-under-par 203.

However, the joint-leaders are far from the only competitors for the title ahead of Sunday's final round.

Lydia Ko, 16, from New Zealand, is two shots back in third place after scoring 69 on day three, while Norwegian world number two Suzann Pettersen, who will reach the top ranking with a top-two finish, is fourth on 10-under.

The final day presents a number of intriguing possibilities with world number 28 Choi chasing her first win since turning professional six years ago, Ko seeking a maiden LPGA victory and Lee looking to become the tournament's first amateur winner.

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