Ko’s lead back to five

A three-shot swing on the 12th has Lydia Ko’s lead back to five as she starts to put a stanglehold on the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open.

Ko birdied the 12th after pitching to within 15 feet while nearest opponent Charley Hill hit a flyer out of the rough over the green and into the hazard. She failed to get up and down to record a double bogey.
Hannah Green now second and leading amateur
Australian Hannah Green is not the only youngster tearing up the Clearwater course during the final round of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open.

The West Australian amateur has had four birdies in her first seven holes to now lie in a tie for second with Charley Hull at 10 under and five shots behind Lydia Ko.

Green is taking a stanglehold on the amateur prize with fellow Australian amateur Shelly Shin seven shots back.

Ko doubles eight and bogeys nine

Lydia Ko has dropped three shots in the last two holes to give the chasing pack a glimmer of hope as the final trio make the turn in the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open.

Ko is now back to 13 under and three clear of Charley Hull.

Ko found the water to the right of the eighth green and walked off with a double bogey and then was too long on the par 3 ninth and failed to get up and down.

Unfortuantely for the chasing Hull she also had a bogey on eight after a bad lie and bunker down the left hand side and then two-putted the ninth for a par.

The more testing second nine means the title is far from decided.
Ko starts off where she left off 
World No. 1 Lydia Ko picked up where she left off with a birdie three on the first hole of the final round of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open, to increase her lead to four shots.

Second-placed Charley Hull (England) started with a par but Giulia Sergas (Italy) shanked her second into the hazard for a bogey to drop down the a tie for fourth.

There’s a very large crowd following the marquee group with a blustery warm nor-east wind sure to challenge the trio.

Perfect conditions as final round commences

Clearwater has unveiled another perfect morning with warm temperatures and no wind for the final round of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open.

While nearly all interest will focus on the final grouping of Giulia Sergas (Italy), Charley Hull (England) and Lydia Ko (New Zealand) when they tee off at 12.25pm, other groupings will create a following.

Laura Davies (England) is in the fourth to last group at 11.42 while the battle for leading amateur looks likely to be between Hannah Green (Australia) on 138, who tees off in the same group as Davies and fellow Australia Shelly Shin (140) who tees off at 11.09.

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