YOKOHAMA – Megumi Kido overcame two early bogeys to shoot a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday to move into a tie for the lead after the third round of the Japan Women’s Open with China’s Feng Shanshan
Kido bogeyed No. 1 and No. 3 in a three-birdie, four-bogey round.
“I didn’t panic when I opened with those bogeys,” Kido said. “Today there was no wind, the greens were soft and played slower than yesterday so with that in mind I went around the course thinking I was going to pick up some strokes. But this is still a hard setup and finally I had to realize that that had not changed one bit.”
Feng, who led after the first two rounds, had two bogeys without a birdie in a 2-over-par round and three-day total of 1-over-217 as weather and the difficult championship setup took its toll and left every player over par for the tournament.
Ayako Uehara shot an even-par 72 to pull to within a stroke of the leaders. U.S. tour player Ai Miyazato had four birdies and two bogeys for a 2-under round that put her a stroke further back in a tie for fourth with South Korea’s Park In Bee.
“The whole day, the rhythm of my shots, my touch with the putter were really good,” said Miyazato, who played in the same group with World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan. “In the first half of my round, I was able to set up a lot of birdie chances. The greens were softer than yesterday and that contributed to improving my score.”
“Playing with Yani was also a factor. I’m used to playing with her in the America. When we’re not shooting, we’re talking. It was a day in which it was really easy to get into a rhythm. It was very lively.”
Rui Kitada, tour legend Yuri Fudo and U.S. player Mika Miyazato were tied for sixth at 4-over.
Tseng shot a 77 that left her 9-over for the tournament in a tie for 29th.
Ryu charges to top
Ryu Hyun Woo showed plenty of fizz in carding a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to soar into a one-stroke lead at the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic.
Ryu started the day tied for 13th but a round that featured six birdies and a bogey saw the 31-year-old South Korean take charge going into the final round at 5-under 211.
Compatriots Kim Kyung Tae had a 70 and Kim Hyung Sung shot 71 and were tied in second place with joint overnight leader and tour rookie Masahiro Kawamura.
The 19-year-old Kawamura had an up-and-down round of 72, making three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.
Tetsuji Hiratsuka fired a 68 and was alone in fifth place at 3 under, while South Korea’s Park Eun Shin, who was tied for the second-round lead with Kawamura, stumbled to a 74 and was another shot behind tied with countryman S.J. Park (72) and New Zealand’s David Smail (71).
Ryo Ishikawa, winner of this tournament in 2009, shot a 71 and moved up from a tie for 30th to a share of 16th at 2 under.