Leona Maguire goes 7 shots to tie Lydia Ko for the LPGA lead

Leona Maguire goes 7 shots to tie Lydia Ko for the LPGA lead

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Ireland’s Leona Maguire had four birdies in a row around the turn and added a pair of birdies late for a 9-under 63 that helped her catch Lydia Ko at the CME Championship Group Tour and organize a duel. for the richest prize in women’s golf.

$2 million is up for grabs Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

Maguire, one of 11 first-time winners on the LPGA Tour this year, is too far back in the points race to win LPGA Player of the Year, although $2 million in a single day would make up for it. That would be almost double what Maguire has done in 23 previous events.

Ko had a five-shot lead to start the third round (seven shots ahead of Maguire) and made a mix of birdies and bogeys that stopped her. He fell one shot behind Maguire until he chipped into tap-in range at the par-5 17th. He finished with a 70.

They were 15-under 201 in what became a two-man race for the $2 million.

No one else was within five shots of them. Former US Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 had a 68 and Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh had a 69. They were tied for 206.

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