Kung, Kim share 54-hole lead at windy Blue Bay LPGA


HAINAN ISLAND, China - Candie Kung bogeyed the final two holes Saturday in the windy Blue Bay LPGA to drop into a tie for the lead with Sei Young Kim at even par.

Kung had a 1-over 73, and Kim shot a 74 on another difficult day along the South China Sea at wind-battered and sun-baked Jian Lake Blue Bay. Only two players broke 70 and there were 11 rounds in the 80s.

Kung failed to reach the green on the 127-yard 17th and left her chip 20 feet short, then three-putted - missing a 4-footer for par - on the par-5 18th. The 34-year-old Taiwanese player won the last of her four tour titles in 2008.


Kim also bogeyed the 17th. The 22-year-old South Korean player won playoffs this year in the Bahamas and Hawaii in events also played in strong wind on tropical seaside layouts.

Third-ranked Stacy Lewis was 1 over. The American bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 73.