Choi edges ahead in Florida

  • Last Updated: November 17 2012, 23:16 GMT

South Korea's Na Yeon Choi will take a slender lead into the final round of the CME Group Titleholders event in Florida.

Na Yeon Choi: Leader after three rounds

Choi carded a third round of 69 in the LPGA's season-ending event to reach 12 under par, one clear of halfway leader Ai Miyazato.

South Korea's So Yeon Ryu stood two shots off the lead on nine under after a 68, with American Brittany Lincicome and France's Karine Icher a shot further back in fourth after both went round in 70.

Choi carded four birdies and one bogey - she has only dropped one shot in each round so far this week - to overhaul Miyazato, who could not reproduce the form which brought her a 64 on Friday.

However, a round of 71 still represented a good effort from the Japanese player after she ran up a double-bogey seven on the second and also bogeyed the other par five on the front nine.

Out in 39, Miyazato responded with four birdies on the back nine to come home in 32 and remain firmly in the hunt for victory.

Scotland's Catriona Matthew was in a share of 46th place after a round of 70 on Saturday.

Collated third-round scores and totals (USA unless stated, par 72):

204 Na Yeon Choi (Kor) 67 68 69

205 Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 70 64 71

206 So yeon Ryu (Kor) 66 72 68

207 Brittany Lincicome 68 69 70, Karine Icher (Fra) 67 70 70

208 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 69 70 69, Shanshan Feng (Chn) 70 69 69

209 Karrie Webb (Aus) 69 69 71, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 72 69 68, Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 66 71 72, Brittany Lang 71 69 69

210 Sandra Gal (Ger) 70 68 72, Julieta Granada (Par) 68 72 70

211 Sun Young Yoo (Kor) 66 71 74, In Kyung Kim (Kor) 72 70 69, Azahara Munoz (Spa) 72 72 67

212 Jiyai Shin (Kor) 68 73 71, Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 70 69 73, Cristie Kerr 67 74 71, Inbee Park (Kor) 70 70 72, Lizette Salas 68 71 73

213 Cindy Lacrosse 69 72 72, Amy Yang (Kor) 70 70 73

214 Karin Sjodin (Swe) 73 72 69, Danielle Kang 69 75 70, Stacy Lewis 70 72 72

215 Lindsey Wright (Aus) 67 74 74, Giulia Sergas (Ita) 71 72 72, Meena Lee (Kor) 71 73 71

216 Angela Stanford 70 74 72, Jacqui Concolino 72 70 74, Katherine Hull (Aus) 70 72 74

217 Mika Miyazato (Jpn) 71 75 71, Il-hee Lee (Kor) 72 72 73, Hee Kyung Seo (Kor) 71 73 73, Lexi Thompson 71 73 73, Paula Creamer 72 71 74, Yani Tseng (Tai) 75 73 69, Pornanong Phatlum (Tha) 74 75 68, Pernilla Lindberg (Swe) 72 75 70, Jennifer Johnson 70 71 76

218 Jennifer Song 72 77 69, Vicky Hurst 72 74 72, Candie Kung (Tai) 74 74 70, Mina Harigae 72 71 75

219 Mariajo Uribe (Col) 76 72 71, Jenny Shin 74 74 71, Chella Choi (Kor) 71 76 72, Catriona Matthew (Sco) 72 77 70, Hee Young Park (Kor) 76 68 75

220 Gerina Piller 76 74 70, Sydnee Michaels 74 75 71, Natalie Gulbis 79 70 71

221 Haeji Kang (Kor) 72 72 77

222 Dewi Claire Schreefel 73 75 74, Mo Martin 73 73 76, Nicole Castrale 74 74 74

223 Jodi Ewart (Eng) 74 72 77, Jennie Lee 71 74 78

224 Jane Rah 74 74 76, Morgan Pressel 73 79 72, Alison Walshe 78 73 73

225 Belen Mozo (Spa) 71 77 77, Eun Hee Ji (Kor) 74 75 76, Jessica Korda 76 71 78, Sarah-jane Smith (Aus) 73 77 75

226 Mi Jung Hur (Kor) 75 78 73

227 Maria Hjorth (Swe) 80 74 73

229 Michelle Wie 81 77 71, Veronica Felibert 79 73 77, Hee-Won Han (Kor) 72 79 78, Kristy McPherson 71 81 77

230 Tanya Dergal 74 81 75


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