Na Yeon Choi takes one-stroke lead in Bahamas LPGA Classic
Na Yeon Choi, of South Korea, tees off on the forth hole during the second round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic golf tournament at Pine Valley Golf Club on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, January 25, 2014 5:21PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:28PM EST
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Na Yeon Choi shot a 7-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, chipping to a foot to set up a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.
The seventh-ranked Choi, a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, birdied three of the last four holes in her bogey-free round to reach 15 under on Atlantis Resort's Ocean Club course.
"I think the last three rounds I had a really good swing," Choi said. "I had so many good shots. But I still have to play aggressively tomorrow. So many players have a chance."
Lizette Salas was a stroke back. She also had a bogey-free 66.
"I've been bogey-free for the last two days and I'm feeling great on the greens," said Salas, winless on the tour. "A win is always on my mind, and it's been a goal of mine since coming close last year in Hawaii."
Jessica Korda and Paula Creamer each eagled the 18th to reach 12 under. Korda, the second-round leader, had a 72, and Creamer shot 71. Creamer also holed a sand wedge from 82 yards for an eagle on the par-5 11th, but had a triple-bogey 8 on No. 15.
Third-ranked Stacy Lewis was tied for fourth at 11 under with Amelia Lewis and Jenny Suh. Stacy Lewis had a 68, Amelia Lewis shot 66, and Suh had a 71.
Michelle Wie and 16-year-old Lydia Ko were in the group at 10 under. Wie followed her second-round 65 with a 72. Ko, making her first start as an LPGA Tour member, had a 71.
Alena Sharp of Hamilton carded a 3-under 70, and is 10 shots back at 5-under 214. A 76 left Toronto's Rebecca Lee-Bentham at 1-over 220.