Henderson makes big move to catch Ko at Coates

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OCALA, Fla. – Brooke Henderson made a big move Saturday morning late in the conclusion of the suspended third round of the Coates Golf Championship, but she’s still chasing co-leaders Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang.

Ko and Jang both birdied the 18th to share the 54-hole lead at 11 under overall.

Ko posted a 5-under-par 67 and Jang a 68. They were two shots ahead of Henderson (67) and four ahead of Sei Young Kim (70) as they stepped to the first tee to begin the fourth round at 11:52 a.m. Saturday. 

Henderson, the Canadian who earned LPGA membership as a 17-year-old winning the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer, eagled the 18th to close out her third round. She striped a 7-wood from 216 yards to 20 feet and holed the putt.

Ko, playing with Jang, got her putter going Saturday morning, making birdie at the seventh to start the resumption of the suspended round. A day earlier, she bogeyed her first hole coming out early for the resumption of the second round, three putting from 15 feet.

“Yeah, this morning was obviously much better than yesterday morning in that sense,” Ko said. “Our group made quite a few birdies along the way. I think we're all in pretty good rhythm. When you start like that, you feel like you're going to get into a good rhythm for the rest of the day.”

Ko had about 50 minutes for lunch before heading back out with Jang and Haru Nomura for the final round. There hasn’t been a lot of down time the last two days with a marathon golf schedule set up to make up for half of Thursday’s play suspended due to heavy rains. Ko didn’t leave the course until after 7 p.m. on Friday and was up at 4:30 a.m. to get ready for Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. restart.

“I normally like nine hours of sleep, but obviously that was impossible, unless I went to bed straight from the course,” Ko said. “I went to bed around like 9:00, so had like seven and a half hours of sleep.”