World No 1 Lydia Ko carded a two-under 70 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the US Women's Open in San Martin, California.

The 19-year-old New Zealander was in a four-way tie for the lead heading down the 18th but she drained a nine-foot birdie putt to edge ahead on seven-under 209.

Ko has a one-shot cushion over 2009 champion Eun Hee Ji and halfway leader Sung Hyun Park of South Korea with American Brittany Lang and Korean Amy Yang a further shot adrift on five under at CordeValle.

 

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (73) is the leading European in a tie for 15th place on one under, with Scotland's Catriona Matthew (71) and England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff (75) one shot further back.

Ko made a shaky start to the tournament when she was tied for 52nd place after an opening 73 but got into contention with a second-round 66 before moving into the lead for the first time on Saturday.

She made a long downhill putt for birdie on the third but dropped a shot on the ninth before further birdies on the 13th and 18th.

The only other time Ko has held the lead heading into the final round of a major she was beaten in a play-off by Canada's Brooke Henderson at last month's KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

"I think the biggest key around today - well, the biggest difference was the wind. I know it was breezy from the mornings. I knew that it would play a lot tougher than yesterday, because the majority of my round yesterday was played in calm weather," Ko said.

"So people, they say it's moving day on Saturday, but it was really tough out there, because the course is drying out, firming up. And it was tough to get near the pins on some holes."

 

POS

  GOLFERTRKCNTSCORETHRUTODAYR1R2R3R4TOTAL 
1  
Lydia Ko
  NZL -7 F -2 73 66 70 - 209  
T2  
Eun-Hee Ji
  KOR -6 F -2 69 71 70 - 210  
T2  
Sung Hyun Park
  KOR -6 F 2 70 66 74 - 210  
T4  
Brittany Lang
  USA -5 F -4 68 75 68 - 211  
T4  
Amy Yang
  KOR -5 F 1 67 71 73 - 211  
6  
Angela Stanford
  USA -4 F -1 71 70 71 - 212  
7  
Danielle Kang
  USA -3 F 1 71 69 73 - 213  
T8  
Ariya Jutanugarn
  THA -2 F -3 70 75 69 - 214  
T8  
Cristie Kerr
  USA -2 F E 67 75 72 - 214  
T8  
Mirim Lee
  KOR -2 F 4 64 74 76 - 214  
T8  
Stacy Lewis
  USA -2 F -3 71 74 69 - 214  
T8  
Gaby Lopez
  MEX -2 F -1 71 72 71 - 214  
T8  
Haru Nomura
  JPN -2 F 3 70 69 75 - 214  
T8  
Kris Tamulis
  USA -2 F -1 71 72 71 - 214  
T15  
Chella Choi
  KOR -1 F -1 75 69 71 - 215  
T15  
Hyo Joo Kim
  KOR -1 F -3 73 73 69 - 215  
T15  
Sei Young Kim
  KOR -1 F E 75 68 72 - 215  
T15  
Jessica Korda
  USA -1 F 3 70 70 75 - 215  
T15  
Anna Nordqvist
  SWE -1 F 1 68 74 73 - 215  
T20  
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
  ENG E F 3 70 71 75 - 216  
T20  
Lee Lopez
  USA E F -1 73 72 71 - 216  
T20  
Catriona Matthew
  SCO E F -1 73 72 71 - 216  
T20  
Sydnee Michaels
  USA E F 3 69 72 75 - 216  
T20  
Gerina Piller
  USA E F 2 70 72 74 - 216  
T20  
Ayaka Watanabe
  JPN E F -1 74 71 71 - 216  
T26  
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
  CAN 1 F 4 72 69 76 - 217  
T26  
Mi Hyang Lee
  KOR 1 F -1 72 74 71 - 217  
T26  
Minjee Lee
  AUS 1 F 3 67 75 75 - 217  
T26  
Pernilla Lindberg
  SWE 1 F 2 70 73 74 - 217  
T26  
Caroline Masson
  DEU 1 F -1 73 73 71 - 217  
T26  
Alena Sharp
  CAN 1 F 3 70 72 75 - 217  
T32  
Nicole Broch Larsen
  DNK 2 F -1 74 73 71 - 218  
T32  
Hye Jin Choi
  KOR 2 F 3 72 71 75 - 218  
T32  
Ha Na Jang
  KOR 2 F 2 73 71 74 - 218  
T32  
Kim Kaufman
  USA 2 F 1 75 70 73 - 218  
T32  
Christina Kim
  USA 2 F 1 70 75 73 - 218  
T32  
Mo Martin
  USA 2 F 5 71 70 77 - 218  
T32  
Gwladys Nocera
  FRA 2 F 1 72 73 73 - 218  
T32  
Suzann Pettersen
  NOR 2 F E 72 74 72 - 218  
T32  
So Yeon Ryu
  KOR 2 F -1 71 76 71 - 218  
T32  
Madelene Sagstrom
  SWE 2 F -1 78 69 71 - 218  
T32  
Kelly Tan
  MYS 2 F 6 68 72 78 - 218  
T32  
Lexi Thompson
  USA 2 F -1 74 73 71 - 218  
T44  
Xi Yu Lin
  CHN 3 F 1 73 73 73 - 219  
T44  
Lizette Salas
  USA 3 F -1 70 78 71 - 219  
T44  
Jennifer Song
  USA 3 F -1 75 73 71 - 219  
T44  
Karrie Webb
  AUS 3 F 1 73 73 73 - 219  
T44  
Sakura Yokomine
  JPN 3 F 1 71 75 73 - 219  
T49  
Brittany Lincicome
  USA 4 F 1 75 72 73 - 220  
T49  
Ryann O'Toole
  USA 4 F 4 71 73 76 - 220  
T49  
Pornanong Phatlum
  THA 4 F E 70 78 72 - 220  
T52  
Sun Ju Ahn
  KOR 6 F 3 74 73 75 - 222  
T52  
Amy Anderson
  USA 6 F 2 71 77 74 - 222  
T52  
Paula Creamer
  USA 6 F 2 74 74 74 - 222  
T52  
Shanshan Feng
  CHN 6 F 2 74 74 74 - 222  
T52  
Moriya Jutanugarn
  THA 6 F 4 69 77 76 - 222  
T52  
Kelly Shon
  USA 6 F 4 73 73 76 - 222  
T58  
Brooke Henderson
  CAN 7 F 4 76 71 76 - 223  
T58  
Sue Kim
  CAN 7 F 4 76 71 76 - 223  
T58  
Nelly Korda
  USA 7 F 3 72 76 75 - 223  
T58  
Teresa Lu
    7 F 3 74 74 75 - 223  
T58  
Hee Young Park
  KOR 7 F 6 70 75 78 - 223  
T58  
Jenny Shin
  KOR 7 F 3 71 77 75 - 223  
T58  
Christine Song
  USA 7 F 5 74 72 77 - 223  
T58  
Albane Valenzuela
  CHE 7 F 4 72 75 76 - 223  
T66  
Q Baek
  KOR 8 F 5 74 73 77 - 224  
T66  
Erina Hara
  JPN 8 F 4 71 77 76 - 224  
T68  
Sophia Popov
  DEU 9 F 5 71 77 77 - 225  
T68  
Beatriz Recari
  ESP 9 F 5 78 70 77 - 225  
70  
Yani Tseng
    10 F 7 72 75 79 - 226  
71  
Morgan Pressel
  USA 11 F 7 73 75 79 - 227  
72  
Hannah O'Sullivan
  USA 13 F 10 72 75 82 - 229

 

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