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Shin stays on course at Wegmans LPGA

SHIN Ji-yai shot a 5-under 67 to extend her lead to four strokes at the Wegmans LPGA on Saturday.

The South Korean star, seeking her fifth tour win in 11 months, moved to 16-under 200 after three rounds at Locust Hill course in suburban Rochester in New York.

"On the front nine, I lost my confidence," Shin, 21, said of a slow start. "I tried eating. Eat some bread on No. 10 and then I made birdie."

Morgan Pressel, a two-time winner whose season-best finish was a tie for seventh in April, shot a 70 and was in second place at 12 under. That was one better than rookie Stacy Lewis, who also shot 70.

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, missed the cut by four strokes in her professional golf debut. Woods and 70 other players completed their second rounds early on Saturday after play was interrupted by thunderstorms on Friday. Defending champion Ji Eun-hee could manage only a 71 and crashed out with a 7-over total.

Shin rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 1, but she failed to reach the par-4 sixth in two and missed a 6-foot par putt for her only bogey.

After failing to hit a succession of greens in regulation, Shin made amends by chipping in from the rough on No. 10 and left her approach shot inches away for another birdie on the next hole. She curled in a birdie from 7 feet on No. 14, another from 4 feet on No. 16 and her sixth from 5 feet on the par-5 17th.

Pressel sank a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 8 to get a brief share of the lead.

Lewis lipped out from inside 2 feet on three holes before chipping in for eagle on the 11th from 39 yards.

First-round leader Sandra Gal of Germany (69) was tied for fourth at 10 under with Lindsey Wright (67) of Australia.


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