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Koerstz Madsen leads by 3 on LPGA Tour

Danish star Nanna Koerstz Madsen will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour’s JTBC Classic as she seeks a second win in a fortnight ahead of next week’s first major of 2022.

A joint overnight leader, Koerstz Madsen shot three-under 69 at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California on Saturday and benefited from Na Rin An’s triple bogey at the last to claim the handy and unexpected lead at 14 under.

An, the South Korean rookie who earned tour membership as the LPGA Q-Series medallist, had eagled the short par-4 16th and birdied the par-5 17th to tie Koerstz Madsen for the lead.

But on the 18th, trying to hit off the cart path near the green, An fired the ball low into the path curb, sending it bounding down the path. She was able to hit her next shot off the path onto the edge of the green and made a seven for a 69.

Coming off her breakthrough victory two weeks ago in Thailand that made her the LPGA Tour’s first Danish champion, Koerstz Madsen didn’t expect to feel any more comfortable on Sunday this time.

“I do think it’ll be easier going into tomorrow with a lead than it was in Thailand,” Koerstz Madsen said.

“You still have all excitement in your body that you got control tomorrow. … Three can change over two holes. … I still have to do my stuff, and then we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Minjee Lee heads the Australian contingent but is a distant eight shots behind Koerstz Madsen at six under after a 70 while rookie Steph Kyriacou (71) is a further three strokes back in a tie for 49th.

Top-ranked Jin Young Ko, playing alongside An, hit into the water on 18 en route to a bogey and a 70 that left her tied for third at 10 under with Pajaree Anannarukarn (69) and Maude-Aimee Leblanc (70).

Coming off a victory three weeks ago in Singapore, Ko has won six of her last 10 tournaments.

Lilia Vu (65), Nasa Hataoka (68), Charley Hull (68), Janie Jackson (69) and Hye-Jin Choi (68) were nine under.

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