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Baba climbs to top of Suntory Ladies leaderboard

Kyodo

Yukari Baba shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Suntory Ladies Open.

Baba, a two-time winner on the Japan LPGA Tour, had two birdies without a bogey to get to 4-under 212 at Rokko Kokusai Golf Club.

The diminutive 27-year-old birdied the par-5 fifth hole and putted in from the fringe of the green on the par-4 16th for another birdie.

Akane Iijima sat alone in second after a 72.

Ayako Uehara had a 70 and is three shots off the lead in a tie for third with Lim Eun A and Mayu Hattori, who shot 72s.

Defending champion Shinobu Moromizato carded a 74 to fall five behind.