• Kyodo


Mika Miyazato slipped three shots off the pace after carding a 1-under-par 70 in the third round of the Kingsmill Championship on Saturday.

Miyazato, who dropped into a share of second on Friday after leading the first round, made four birdies against a costly triple bogey at the par-4 10th hole and closed out tied for eighth at 7-under-par 206.

“With the exception of the triple bogey at the 10th I played good golf today. It’s the first time in a while that I have dropped three shots on one hole,” said Miyazato.

“It was a huge par save that I made on the final hole and I can take confidence into the final round.”

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn carded a 65 to take a one-shot lead into the final day at Kingsmill Resort.

South Koreans Chun In-gee and Ryu So-yeon and Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum were tied for second place at 9 under.

Also for Japan, Sakura Yokomine was at 4 under in a tie for 24th after a round of 69 and Ayako Uehara had a 67 to move up to a share of 32nd at 3 under.

Harukyo Nomura was in tie for 43rd at 1 under, while former world No. 1 Ai Miyazato shot a 70 and closed out at even par in a share of 57th.

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