Confident Choi shares lead with Kang

CHICAGO — South Korea’s Chella Choi and American Danielle Kang, both seeking their first Major title, birdied the 18th hole to share the lead after Saturday’s third round of the Women’s PGA Championship.

Choi fired a three-under 67 while Kang shot 68 to leave both on 10-under 203 after 54 holes at Olympia Fields near Chicago.

“I feel very good right now,” Choi said. “My shot and my putting, very good the last couple of weeks, so I have confidence.

“It’s a Major tournament. It’s the biggest for me, but I’m ready for the final round. I practiced a lot and (I’ve been) training a lot, and mental training too.”

Choi, a 26-year-old from Daegu, won her only LPGA crown at the 2015 Marathon Classic. Her best finish in any Major was a share of fifth at this event in 2013.

Kang, a 24-year-old from San Francisco, managed her best Major finish with a share of 14th at the 2012 US Women’s Open. The two-time US Women’s Amateur champion had her best LPGA finish of third in 2013, but she will try to make her first win a Major.

“I’ve been working on my game every day to get better,” Kang said. “All I could do is work on my game and hope that every day, just chip away at your game, and it gets better every day and that’s where it’s getting at.

“Every year, I’ve just been performing better. I have trust in my own game.”

South Korea’s Shin Ji-yai was third on 205 after a sizzling 64 with defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada fourth on 206 and South Koreans Amy Yang and Kim Sei-young sharing fifth on 207.

Choi opened and closed her bogey-free round with birdies on par-5 holes, adding birdied at the eighth and 14th holes. — AFP

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