Katie Burnett has gone 36 holes without a bogey, and now she’s within reach of her first LPGA title.

Birdies were plentiful during the third round of the Lotte Championship, with nine players posting rounds of 5-under 67 or better on Friday. Yet, it was the bogeys – or lack thereof – that made the difference.

Burnett only posted one birdie in her first 10 holes during the third round at Ko Olina Golf Club, but a lack of squares on the card did wonders. With zero bogeys, Burnett was already 9 under, and she proceeded to birdie four of her last eight to reach 13 under and take a one-shot lead.

Thanks to a matching 67, Su-Yeon Jang moved into solo second at 12 under. In Gee Chun (65) and Moriya Jutanugarn (68) are tied for third at 10 under.

For Burnett, her last bogey came on the ninth hole (her last) Wednesday during the tournament’s first round. Since then, it’s been 11 birdies and 25 pars. Nothing else.

The 26-year-old American has rarely contended on the LPGA since her rookie year in 2013. Burnett is winless on the circuit but also in search of just her second career top 10. Clearly Oahu, Hawaii, does wonders, as Burnett’s T-9 here two years ago serves as that solo top 10.

She’ll start Saturday’s final round with a bit of a cushion, but another bogey-free day would do wonders.

There are also a pair of big names lurking in a spot to make a charge. Four-time LPGA winner Sei Young Kim, 23, sits 9 under after her third consecutive 69. Lexi Thompson, 21, continued to recover from an opening-day 75 thanks to a third-round 68 that boosted her to 7 under.

Minjee Lee, 19, started the day tied for the lead but fell to a tie for sixth at 8 under after posting a birdie-less 74.

 

1  
Katie Burnett
  USA -13 F -5 70 66 67 - 203  
2  
Su Yeon Jang
  KOR -12 F -5 71 66 67 - 204  
T3  
In Gee Chun
  KOR -10 F -7 74 67 65 - 206  
T3  
Moriya Jutanugarn
  THA -10 F -4 68 70 68 - 206  
5  
Sei Young Kim
  KOR -9 F -3 69 69 69 - 207  
T6  
Joanna Klatten
  FRA -8 F -5 71 70 67 - 208  
T6  
P.K. Kongkraphan
  THA -8 F -7 74 69 65 - 208  
T6  
Minjee Lee
  AUS -8 F 2 68 66 74 - 208  
T9  
Pernilla Lindberg
  SWE -7 F -5 70 72 67 - 209  
T9  
Mo Martin
  USA -7 F -6 72 71 66 - 209  
T9  
Lexi Thompson
  USA -7 F -4 75 66 68 - 209  
T12  
Shanshan Feng
  CHN -6 F -3 73 68 69 - 210  
T12  
Brooke Henderson
  CAN -6 F -1 69 70 71 - 210  
T12  
Danielle Kang
  USA -6 F -2 72 68 70 - 210  
T12  
Megan Khang
  USA -6 F -2 76 64 70 - 210  
T12  
Haru Nomura
  JPN -6 F -5 72 71 67 - 210  
T17  
Ariya Jutanugarn
  THA -5 F -3 72 70 69 - 211  
T17  
Lee-Anne Pace
  ZAF -5 F -3 73 69 69 - 211  
T17  
Suzann Pettersen
  NOR -5 F -3 71 71 69 - 211  
T20  
Q Baek
  KOR -4 F -3 74 69 69 - 212  
T20  
Chella Choi
  KOR -4 F -4 73 71 68 - 212  
T20  
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
  ENG -4 F E 73 67 72 - 212  
T20  
Eun-Hee Ji
  KOR -4 F -1 70 71 71 - 212  
T20  
Azahara Munoz
  ESP -4 F -1 71 70 71 - 212  
T20  
Beatriz Recari
  ESP -4 F -3 72 71 69 - 212  
T20  
So Yeon Ryu
  KOR -4 F -5 72 73 67 - 212  
T20  
Nontaya Srisawang
  THA -4 F -1 70 71 71 - 212  
T20  
Thidapa Suwannapura
  THA -4 F -3 72 71 69 - 212  
T20  
Kris Tamulis
  USA -4 F -2 72 70 70 - 212  
T30  
Jenny Shin
  KOR -3 F -1 74 68 71 - 213  
T30  
Julie Yang
  KOR -3 F -2 73 70 70 - 213  
T32  
Lindy Duncan
  USA -2 F -4 75 71 68 - 214  
T32  
Kim Kaufman
  USA -2 F -2 69 75 70 - 214  
T32  
Lydia Ko
  NZL -2 F -1 71 72 71 - 214  
T32  
Briana Mao
  USA -2 F -2 74 70 70 - 214  
T32  
Mika Miyazato
  JPN -2 F -4 77 69 68 - 214  
T32  
Lizette Salas
  USA -2 F 1 75 66 73 - 214  
T32  
Angela Stanford
  USA -2 F -3 71 74 69 - 214  
T39  
Holly Clyburn
  ENG -1 F -1 74 70 71 - 215  
T39  
Haeji Kang
  KOR -1 F E 73 70 72 - 215  
T39  
Su-Hyun Oh
  AUS -1 F -1 71 73 71 - 215  
T39  
Pornanong Phatlum
  THA -1 F E 73 70 72 - 215  
T39  
Sarah Jane Smith
  AUS -1 F -2 73 72 70 - 215  
T39  
Budsabakorn Sukapan
  THA -1 F -2 73 72 70 - 215  
T45  
Jacqui Concolino
  USA E F -1 74 71 71 - 216  
T45  
Paula Creamer
  USA E F 2 72 70 74 - 216  
T45  
Brittany Lang
  USA E F -1 72 73 71 - 216  
T45  
Ai Miyazato
  JPN E F 1 75 68 73 - 216  
T45  
Becky Morgan
  WAL E F 1 72 71 73 - 216  
T45  
Inbee Park
  KOR E F -1 74 71 71 - 216  
T51  
Hye Jin Choi
  KOR 1 F E 72 73 72 - 217  
T51  
Brianna Do
  USA 1 F -1 71 75 71 - 217  
T51  
Hyo Joo Kim
  KOR 1 F -1 76 70 71 - 217  
T51  
Marion Ricordeau
  FRA 1 F 1 71 73 73 - 217  
T51  
Alena Sharp
  CAN 1 F 3 69 73 75 - 217  
T56  
Simin Feng
  CHN 2 F 1 73 72 73 - 218  
T56  
Casey Grice
  USA 2 F 2 74 70 74 - 218  
T56  
Mi Jung Hur
  KOR 2 F 1 73 72 73 - 218  
T56  
Min Lee
    2 F 2 72 72 74 - 218  
T56  
Lee Lopez
  USA 2 F 1 73 72 73 - 218  
T61  
Nannette Hill
  USA 3 F 1 76 70 73 - 219  
T61  
Sarah Kemp
  AUS 3 F 2 75 70 74 - 219  
T61  
Stephanie Kono
  USA 3 F 4 72 71 76 - 219  
T61  
Sadena Parks
  USA 3 F 2 73 72 74 - 219  
T61  
Samantha Richdale
  CAN 3 F 2 73 72 74 - 219  
T61  
Kelly Shon
  USA 3 F 3 72 72 75 - 219  
T67  
Sandra Changkija
  USA 5 F 3 72 74 75 - 221  
T67  
Cristie Kerr
  USA 5 F 5 70 74 77 - 221  
T69  
Celine Herbin
  FRA 6 F 4 72 74 76 - 222  
T69  
SooBin Kim
  KOR 6 F 4 76 70 76 - 222  
71  
Gaby Lopez
  MEX 7 F 5 73 73 77 - 223  
T72  
Katherine Kirk
  AUS 8 F 6 74 72 78 - 224  
T72  
Demi Runas
  USA 8 F 6 72 74 78 - 224

 

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