LPGA Tour: Teenage Kiwi Lydia Ko leads by one in Arizona

Last Updated: 24/03/14 8:28am

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Lydia Ko during her third round 67 in Arizona

Lydia Ko during her third round 67 in Arizona

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Teenage sensation Lydia Ko takes a one-stroke advantage into the final round of the LPGA Founders Cup in Arizona.

The 16-year-old New Zealander swept to the top of a packed leaderboard by carding a five-under-par 67, which yielded an eagle-three, four birdies and a solitary bogey.

The South Korean-born world No 4 is seeking her first LPGA Tour title as a professional, having already won twice as an amateur.

Ko said: "Before I went out, I looked at the scores and I noticed that there were way more birdies on the front nine than the other days.

"I personally played much better on the front nine, so I was really happy with that."

As for looking ahead to the final round, she added: "If somebody goes crazy low, like shooting 10-under or 9-under or whatever, it's not something I can control, so I'm going to control to the most what I can do."

Her nearest challengers are American Jessica Korda and Korean-rookie Mirim Lee - who is competing in her first LPGA Tour event on American soil.

Korda, the 21-year-old daughter of retired Czech tennis star Petr Korda, fired a third round 66 and has played 36 holes without a single bogey.

Lee, meanwhile, who lead after rounds one and two, posted a 70 and is one of five Koreans in the top nine at Wildfire Golf Club.

Spain's Azahara Munoz is the highest-ranked European following a 64, after posting eight birdies in her final 13 holes.

Hawaiian Michelle Wie is one of five players, along with Munoz, tied-for-fifth just three shots off the pace.

The leading 19 players are separated by just five players, one of whom is British veteran Laura Davies who turned the clocks back with an excellent 66.

The 50-year-old has not had a top-10 since 2010, with her most recent victory 13 years ago.

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