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Golf roundup: Miyazato holding off teen Ko in Evian

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With teen amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand in pursuit, Mika Miyazato of Japan held a 1-stroke lead Saturday after two rounds at the Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France.

Miyazato shot a 2-under 69 and was at 8 under with a round to go in the fifth and last women’s major of the year.

The four-round tournament was cut to 54 holes after rain left the greens soggy. The course dried out somewhat Saturday but more showers are forecast for today’s final round.

Ko, who is 16 and plays with great composure, had four birdies in an error-free 4-under 67. Her only problem seemed to be her glasses, which did not cooperate in the weather.

“I’m having to clean all the time,” she said. “I really want to get contacts. Cars have got wipers, they should design one for glasses. I would myself if I could.”

Miyazato, whose day started with bogeys on the first two holes, is looking for her first U.S. LPGA title this year. Suzann Pettersen of Norway bogeyed her two holes on the back nine but had four birdies — as did Miyazato — for a 69 to share second with Ko.

“I didn’t play my perfect game of golf out there, but I made a few really good pars,” Pettersen said.

Ko successfully defended her Canadian Women’s Open title last month, and her game has not lost any of its touch.

“I definitely gave myself a lot of opportunities,” she said. “Hopefully it will be a good day tomorrow. But I can’t hit it as good as I did today every single day.”

Stacy Lewis, ranked No. 2, is 2 shots back in fourth after a 67. The American is chasing her second major title this season after last month’s British Open.

Top-ranked Inbee Park faces an enormous task in her bid for golf history. The South Korean is trying to become the first professional to win four majors in a season.

She is 11 strokes off the lead. She opened with a 74 and followed with a 71 that included a double bogey on the fourth hole. She had to wait until the 13th for her first birdie of the day.

Three South Koreans — Se Ri Pak, Chella Choi and So Yeon Ryu — and Lindsey Wright of Australia are all 3 shots behind Miyazato. The oddest round of the day belonged to Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall: two double bogeys, two bogeys, a hole-in-one on the 16th and seven birdies.

Organizers on Friday decided to shorten the major to 54 holes, having initially hoped to complete the 72 rounds by playing two rounds today.


Jim Furyk was 10 shots worse than his 59 Friday, though it was still enough for him to take a 1-shot lead in the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Ill.

Furyk three-putted from 30 feet on the final hole Saturday at Conway Farms for a 2-under 69, giving him the lead over Steve Stricker going into today’s final round.

Furyk, winless since the Tour Championship in 2010, was at 13-under 200. Stricker holed out for eagle on the 15th hole and shot 64 to get into the last group.

Tiger Woods, assessed a 2-shot penalty after his second round, had a 66 and was 4 shots back.

European Tour

Joost Luiten mastered wet and windy conditions to shoot a 4-under 66 and take a 1-shot lead after the third round of the KLM Open in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

Luiten, aiming to become the first home winner of the tournament since Maarten Lafeber won the then-Dutch Open in 2003, chipped in twice during a round that featured six birdies and two bogeys. He has a 10-under total of 200 going into today’s fourth round.

Overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez slipped to second with a 70 at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club.

Blustery winds and heavy rain made conditions tough on the links course on the North Sea coast west of Amsterdam. Tour

South Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh shot a 1-under 70 to take a 3-stroke lead in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Noh had a 10-under 203 total on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

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