Nelly Korda and Lizette Salas pull five clear of the field in Atlanta

Ireland’s Leona Maguire cards 71 in third round at Women’s PGA Championships

 Nelly Korda of the US putts on the 14th hole during the third round of the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship  at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Nelly Korda of the US putts on the 14th hole during the third round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

 

Americans Nelly Korda and Lizette Salas shared a commanding five-shot lead after the third round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club on Saturday.

Korda, a one-shot leader over Salas after a tournament record-equalling nine-under par 63 in the second round, couldn’t quite match that feat on Saturday but did turn in a bogey-free round of four-under 68.

Salas was on fire early on. She made six birdies in her first eight holes – including her first three – but couldn’t add a seventh while conceding a single bogey at the 10th en route to a 67.

This put her level with Korda on 15 under, well clear of a trio of players on 10 under – Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit (65), Italy’s Guilia Molinaro (66) and France’s Celine Boutier (69).

Ireland’s Leona Maguire carded a one-under 71 that included three birdies and a double-bogey and is in a share of 17th position going into the final round.

Leaderboard

USA unless stated, Par 72

201 Nelly Korda 70 63 68, Lizette Salas 67 67 67

206 Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (Tha) 70 71 65, Celine Boutier (Fra) 73 64 69, Giulia Molinaro (Ita) 70 70 66

208 Dottie Ardina (Phi) 70 70 68

209 Madelene Sagstroem (Swe) 70 68 71, Esther Henseleit (Ger) 71 68 70

210 Hyo-Joo Kim (Kor) 71 69 70, Xiyu Lin (Chn) 69 71 70

211 Austin Ernst 69 71 71, Yealimi Noh 69 72 70

212 Ryann O’Toole 71 69 72, Wichanee Meechai (Tha) 73 67 72, Cydney Clanton 70 67 75, Alena Sharp (Can) 69 68 75

213 Gabriela Ruffels (Aus) 76 65 72, Danielle Kang 73 67 73, Brooke Henderson (Can) 74 70 69, Ind-Gee Chun (Kor) 70 73 70, Jessica Korda 69 72 72, Charley Hull (Eng) 68 71 74, Leona Maguire (Irl) 72 70 71, Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Den) 70 71 72, Yu Liu (Chn) 72 69 72

214 Georgia Hall (Eng) 75 67 72, Chella Choi (Kor) 70 72 72, Gerina Piller 70 73 71, Mina Harigae 70 70 74, Lindsey Weaver 73 70 71

215 Sei-Young Kim (Kor) 76 69 70, Som-Yeon Ryu (Kor) 72 70 73, Alexis Thompson 73 70 72

216 Ind-Bee Park (Kor) 71 68 77, Ally Ewing 73 70 73, Megan Khang 73 73 70

217 Brittany Lang 74 72 71, Albane Valenzuela (Swi) 73 73 71, Dana Finkelstein 75 68 74, Luna Sobron (Esp) 75 70 72, Janie Jackson 76 68 73

218 Lydia Ko (Nzl) 72 72 74, Ariya Jutanugarn (Tha) 70 72 76, Yuka Saso (Phi) 73 70 75, Amy Yang (Kor) 72 72 74, Lauren Stephenson 77 68 73, Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha) 76 67 75, Caroline Masson (Ger) 71 72 75, Michelle Wie 77 69 72, Daniela Holmqvist (Swe) 69 74 75, Mariah Stackhouse 74 70 74

219 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 71 70 78, Min-Jee Lee (Aus) 73 72 74, Annie Park 78 68 73, Marina Alex 72 69 78

220 Jin-Young Ko (Kor) 75 71 74, Alison Lee 74 72 74, Jeong-eun Lee (Kor) 73 73 74, Christina Kim 75 70 75, Su-Hyun Oh (Aus) 73 72 75, Sarah Burnham 73 71 76, Jeongeuun Lee (Kor) 69 74 77

221 Eun-Hee Ji (Kor) 74 71 76, Jennifer Kupcho 77 69 75, Pajaree Anannarukarn (Tha) 74 72 75, Perrine Delacour (Fra) 76 70 75, Lauren Kim 73 72 76

222 Angela Stanford 72 74 76, Hinako Shibuno (Jpn) 76 70 76

227 Paula Reto (Rsa) 74 72 81

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