YANG MEI, Taiwan - Local favorite Yani Tseng overcame testing conditions to shoot a 5-under 67 Saturday for a two shot lead going into the final round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Tseng’s third round included seven birdies and two bogeys as the top-ranked Taiwanese player overcame strong winds to return to the top of the leaderboard ahead of Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, who carded 1-under 71 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club.
Azahara Munoz of Spain (72) trailed Tseng by three shots.
The 22-year-old Tseng, who leads the circuit with six wins this season, had surrendered her first round lead Friday to sit two shots back of overnight leaders Nordqvist and Munoz going into Saturday’s third round.
“Today my new goal (was) just to be patient all day, especially if you see the wind like it is, going 20 or 30 miles per hour,” said Tseng, who took her overall total to 10-under 206. “I was going to miss a couple of shots, because with the wind like this it’s hard to shoot a low score.”
Amy Yang of South Korea was undone by two late bogeys in her round of 2-under 70 that left her trailing Tseng by four alongside fellow South Korean player Hee-Won han (70).
Katie Futcher (71) trailed by five shots while fellow American Alison Walshe (71) was a further shot behind at 4-under overall.
Still shadowed by thousands of native fans, Tseng didn’t let the fervor break her concentration as it had a day earlier.
“It would be very, very special to win in this tournament tomorrow, because this is the first time and first time so many people is coming to watch us,” Tseng said, “and I think it just, you know, it is my honor.”
Munoz and Nordqvist now have to rally after surrendering their second round advantage.
“I’m going to do nothing,” Munoz said. “I don’t do anything the day before, just try to get my mind off golf.”