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Canada’s Brooke Henderson tied for 5th, fires 3rd round of 65 with 2 eagles at LPGA Tour finale

Lydia Ko is one round away from clinching LPGA participant of the yr and taking dwelling the biggest prize within the historical past of girls’s golf.

Leona Maguire confirmed Saturday that it will not be simple.

Maguire had 4 straight birdies across the flip, added a pair of birdies late and had a 9-under 63, permitting her to make up a seven-shot deficit and tie Ko going into the ultimate day of the CME Group Tour Championship.

“The gap was wanting huge, and I used to be making an attempt to hit it as shut as I might,” Maguire stated.

Ko had a five-shot result in begin the third round — seven pictures forward of Maguire — and made a mix of birdies and bogeys that stalled her round. She fell one shot behind Maguire till chipping to tap-in vary on the par-5 seventeenth. She completed with a 70.

Maguire is just too far again to win participant of the yr. There’s much more at stake than that.

“Obviously, the $2 million, it is rather a lot of cash,” stated Maguire, who has made $1,262,831 US in 23 tournaments this yr on the LPGA. “We’re very fortunate to be enjoying for that sort of cash. So, yeah, attempt to take advantage of of the chance tomorrow.”

Leona Maguire of Ireland reacts after a putt on the sixteenth inexperienced through the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. (Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

They had been at 15-under 201 in what formed up as a two-player race. No one else was nearer than 5 pictures to them. Former U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 had a 68 and Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland had a 69. They had been at 206.

“It’s by no means over till that final putt drops for each single participant, and I do not assume you may depend anyone out,” Ko stated. “Clearly the final three days have proven that any individual has shot a extremely low rating. So who is aware of how far again you’re for nonetheless be in competition.

“I simply need to play golf that I do not regret, golf that I really feel assured and are available at the tip of tomorrow and say, `Hey, you already know, I did my finest.’ And that is the place I end.”

Adding to the stress is the Sunday forecast for rain and 20 mph (32 kph) gusts.

“Nothing I’m not used to from Ireland,” Maguire stated when she completed her round. “We’ll see the place Lydia will get at the tip of the day, however in the end simply exit and play in addition to I probably can, and particularly if there’s unhealthy climate, that is all you may management. Looking ahead to at least one final stroll of the season tomorrow.”

Brooke Henderson saved her slim hopes alive for participant of the yr. The Canadian, who needed to withdraw final week with a again damage, had two eagles in her round of 65 and was at 9-under 207.

Henderson should win the CME Group Tour Championship and have Ko end third or worse to win participant of the yr.

“If I might have one other day like this tomorrow, that might be very nice,” she stated.

Ko got here into the week with a one-point benefit over Minjee Lee for participant of the yr. Lee, the Australian who received the U.S. Women’s Open and leads the LPGA cash checklist, has fallen 9 pictures behind and is all however sure to be eradicated.

Ko is a lock to win the Vare Trophy for having the bottom scoring common. A victory would ship her season earnings to over $4.3 million.

Nelly (*65*), who received final week at Pelican Golf Club, needed to birdie her final three holes for a 73 that left her 9 pictures out of the lead.

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