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Korea's Yi 4 ahead of rivals at Farr

YI Eunjung recorded eight birdies and an eagle in a 10-under 61 on Saturday to build a 4-shot lead at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

The 21-year-old Yi, who has never finished better than a tie for 11th in her 23 LPGA Tour events, was at 18-under 195 after putting up the lowest third-round score in the tournament's 25 years. Kim Song-hee (64) and Morgan Pressel (67) were tied for second.

"I like this course. I can shoot very good," Yi said. "We have more holes tomorrow. I'll stay focused."

Yi grew up in South Korea but now spends summers at a rambling 9-bedroom, 4?-bath home in the San Diego area with her father, mother, two brothers and a sister - who joined her in the States two years ago.

Her father runs a Korean restaurant. "If I win, my dad will give everyone a free meal," she said.

After starting the day tied for seventh and three shots back of Sarah Kemp and Laura Diaz, Yi birdied four holes on the front side and then started the back by holing a 110-yard pitching wedge from the fairway for eagle.

"I thought it was a little short but it went in the hole," she said.

The eagle was nothing new for Yi, who wears a knee brace on her left leg. Playing in the Corning Classic earlier this season, she eagled the first, second and fifth holes on the way to a 3-under 69, becoming the fifth LPGA player to collect three eagles in the same round.

Sweden's Mikaela Parmalid, who teed off more than 4 hours before the last group, shot a 62 to jump from a tie for 54th through 36 holes to the lead by herself until she was caught and passed by Yi.

Parmalid was at 12-under along with the world's No. 2 player, Yani Tseng (65), Kemp (70), Feng Shanshan (65), Suzann Pettersen (67), Shin Ji-yai (68), and Lee Seon-hwa (68). Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa birdied three of the first five holes before racking up 13 consecutive pars in a 67 that left her at 202 with Natalie Gulbis.


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