Round of one over sees Leona Maguire slip further back at BMW Ladies Championship

Hideki Matsuyama continues to lead Zozo Championship by one shot on PGA Tour

Leona Maguire sits on one-under for the tournament heading into the final round. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Leona Maguire sits on one-under for the tournament heading into the final round. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

 

A lack of consistency saw Leona Maguire slip down the leaderboard after carding a one-over 73 for her third round at the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea.

Maguire dropped her first shot of the day on the second, but did recover to level par after securing a birdie on the par five fourth. What followed though was an inconsistent run of bogey-birdie-bogey as Maguire took the turn at one over for the day.

Maguire did pick up another stroke with a birdie at the 12th to bring her round back to level par, but a bogey on the last ensured that she finished with a one-over 73.

The Cavan-born golfer sits tied in 55th on one-under overall heading into the final round. Korea’s Hee Jeong Lim leads the way on 18-under after a third round 65.

Elsewhere over on the PGA Tour, Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama maintained his single-shot advantage at the top of the Zozo Championship leaderboard at the end of the third round on Saturday.

The 29-year-old hit a second consecutive two-under-par round to move to 10-under and retain his one-shot lead over American Cameron Tringale ahead of Sunday’s final around at the Narashino Country Club in Chiba.

Matsuyama led Tringale by a single shot going into the third round to follow up an impressive opening day score of six-under-par with a 68 and looked set for a greater advantage ahead of the final hole.

After a par at the first, the Japanese golfer drained a putt from 10 feet to claim his first birdie of the round at the second, but gave the shot back when he put his tee shot in the water at the fifth.

Matsuyama recovered at the next, however, when he claimed his second birdie, having trickled his ball up to the cup with a delicate pitch from the edge of the green.

Another birdie followed at the ninth before he rolled in a downhill putt at the 16th to open up a three-shot lead after Tringale had left his own birdie attempt just short.

But a wayward tee shot at the 18th resulted in Matsuyama bogeying the final hole of the round and seeing his lead trimmed to a single shot again as Tringale birdied from close range.

“It was really tricky out there with the wind,” Tringale told reporters, adding the fast greens did not help as well.

“So two-under is a pretty good score. Just got to move on when you get a tough gust and I was able to do that, so pleased with the day.”

Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz missed out on the opportunity to move into third place on his own when he missed a makeable birdie putt at the 18th to sit on six-under-par after a two-under-par round of 68.

He shares third place with Brendan Steele of the United States and England’s Matt Wallace, who both had even-par rounds for the day.

“The wind got really nasty out there and this course is so narrow that you really have to be hitting good shots or you’re struggling all day,” Steele added.

“It was a grind for me, really hard, but I hung in there.”

This year’s Zozo Championship is the third in the competition’s history and sees the tournament returning to Japan after being held in California last year due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Third round scores from the BMW Ladies Championship (USA unless stated, Par 72):

198 Hee-Jeong Lim (Kor) 67 66 65

202 Jin-Young Ko (Kor) 71 64 67, Na-Rin An (Kor) 64 69 69

203 Danielle Kang 66 68 69, Hae-Ran Ryu (Kor) 66 70 67

204 Min-Jee Lee (Aus) 67 69 68, In-Gee Chun (Kor) 65 69 70

205 Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha) 68 69 68, Alison Lee 67 71 67

206 Hee-Young Park (Kor) 69 70 67, Da-Yeon Lee (Kor) 68 73 65

207 Lydia Ko (Nzl) 73 67 67, Hannah Green (Aus) 68 72 67, A-Lim Kim (Kor) 66 71 70, Jennifer Song 71 67 69

208 Ariya Jutanugarn (Tha) 70 69 69, Ju-Young Park (Kor) 65 72 71

209 Hyo-Joo Kim (Kor) 71 68 70, Celine Boutier (Fra) 70 70 69, Charley Hull (Eng) 69 71 69, Wichanee Meechai (Tha) 69 72 68, Marina Alex 70 69 70, Eun-Hee Ji (Kor) 71 70 68, Hyun-Kyung Park (Kor) 71 69 69, Han-Sol Ji (Kor) 75 70 64 209 Ji-Hyun Oh (Kor) 71 69 69, Min-Song Ha (Kor) 71 72 66, Ji-Hyun Kim (Kor) 68 69 72, Ye-Sung Jun (Kor) 70 71 68

210 Jeon-Geun Lee (Kor) 69 70 71, Esther Henseleit (Ger) 67 72 71, Ha-Na Jang (Kor) 74 69 67, Yun-Ji Jeong (Kor) 68 70 72

211 Pajaree Anannarukarn (Tha) 70 71 70, Ji-Su Kim (Kor) 70 69 72, Da-Been Heo (Kor) 70 70 71, Jin-Hee Lim (Kor) 67 72 72

212 In-Bee Park (Kor) 70 71 71, Thidapa Suwannapura (Tha) 70 72 70, Carlota Ciganda (Spa) 73 70 69, Hae-Ji Kang (Kor) 69 73 70, So-Mi Lee (Kor) 68 72 72, Ga-Young Lee (Kor) 73 69 70, Jung-Min Lee (Kor) 70 72 70, Yu-Jin Sung (Kor) 71 68 73

213 Sung-Hyun Park (Kor) 71 73 69, Sei-Young Kim (Kor) 67 72 74, Jennifer Kupcho 70 74 69, Gaby Lopez (Mex) 67 74 72, Su-Hyun Oh (Aus) 71 69 73, Ji-Young Park (Kor) 72 72 69

214 Yealimi Noh 71 75 68, Chella Choi (Kor) 73 69 72, Jee-Hyun Ahn (Kor) 73 70 71

215 Leona Maguire (Irl) 70 72 73, So-Yeon Ryu (Kor) 72 72 71, Emma Talley 71 73 71, Elizabeth Szokol 72 68 75, Yu Liu (Chn) 70 73 72, Giulia Molinaro (Ita) 72 71 72, Hye-Jin Choi (Kor) 72 70 73, Ga-Eun Song (Kor) 72 72 71, Ye-Rim Choi (Kor) 74 72 69

216 Yea-Lin Kang (Kor) 70 69 77, Wei Ling Hsu (Tai) 74 70 72, Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Den) 73 69 74, Albane Valenzuela (Swi) 69 75 72, Ji-Young Kim (Kor) 70 71 75, Jung-Min Hong (Kor) 68 76 72

217 Jenny Shin (Kor) 75 75 67, Min Lee (Tai) 73 71 73

218 Yem-Been Sohn (Kor) 71 72 75, Jeong-Eun Lee (Kor) 78 72 68, Min-Ji Park (Kor) 71 75 72

219 Cheyenne Knight 75 74 70, Bronte Law (Eng) 76 73 70, Hae-Rym Kim (Kor) 72 74 73

220 Amy Yang (Kor) 75 70 75, Sarah Kemp (Aus) 76 72 72, Sarah Schmelzel 73 76 71, Yeun-Jung Seo (Kor) 71 78 71

222 Matilda Castren (Fin) 80 70 72

223 Ashleigh Buhai (Rsa) 76 74 73

224 Ji-Hyun Lee (Kor) 76 73 75

Third round scores from the Zozo Championship (USA unless stated, Par 72):

200 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 64 68 68

201 Cameron Tringale 67 66 68

204 Sebastian Munoz (Col) 70 66 68, Brendan Steele 66 68 70, Matt Wallace (Eng) 65 69 70

205 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) 67 68 70, Branden Grace (Rsa) 72 66 67

206 Collin Morikawa 71 68 67

207 James Hahn 68 69 70, Mackenzie Hughes (Can) 70 68 69, Alexander Noren (Swe) 68 68 71, Adam Schenk 67 72 68

208 Wyndham Clark 70 68 70, Tom Hoge 72 70 66, Chan Kim 72 66 70, Luke List 69 69 70, Joaquin Niemann (Chi) 64 71 73, Sam Ryder 68 71 69

209 Lanto Griffin 69 67 73, Hiroshi Iwata (Jpn) 63 73 73, Matt Jones (Aus) 67 69 73, Takumi Kanaya (Jpn) 71 70 68, Ryuichi Oiwa (Jpn) 71 70 68

210 Keegan Bradley 70 71 69, Harry Higgs 68 72 70, Shugo Imahira (Jpn) 72 72 66, Si Woo Kim (Kor) 69 70 71, Chris Kirk 69 70 71, Adam Long 72 67 71, Tomoharu Otsuki (Jpn) 70 71 69, Ryan Palmer 72 68 70

211 Kramer Hickok 67 74 70, Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Kor) 70 69 72, Matthew NeSmith 70 72 69, Erik van Rooyen (Rsa) 69 69 73

212 Rickie Fowler 70 71 71, Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn) 73 67 72, Tyler McCumber 72 69 71, Troy Merritt 68 68 76, Keita Nakajima (Jpn) 73 69 70, Pat Perez 70 69 73, Xander Schauffele 70 74 68, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) 67 72 73, Shaun Norris (Rsa) 68 72 72

213 Bill Haas 71 72 70, Charley Hoffman 71 72 70, Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn) 69 72 72, Ryutaro Nagano (Jpn) 71 71 71, Andrew Putnam 73 69 71, Kyle Stanley 70 72 71, Yuki Inamori (Jpn) 69 71 73

214 Maverick McNealy 73 69 72, Henrik Norlander (Swe) 71 72 71

216 Doug Ghim 71 71 74, Brandon Hagy 70 74 72, Kazuki Higa (Jpn) 73 75 68, Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn) 67 75 74, Jinichiro Kozuma (Jpn) 74 71 71

217 Wesley Bryan 75 72 70, Sung-Hoon Kang (Kor) 74 69 74, Naoyuki Kataoka (Jpn) 68 71 78, Peter Malnati 75 69 73, Naoto Nakanishi (Jpn) 71 73 73, Roger Sloan (Can) 72 74 71, Scott Vincent (Zim) 72 73 72

218 Robert Streb 74 77 67, Tomoyasu Sugiyama (Jpn) 73 72 73, Will Zalatoris 69 76 73

219 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 74 70 75, Ryo Hisatsune (Jpn) 74 70 75, Chengtsung Pan (Tai) 76 73 70

220 Garrick Higgo (Rsa) 70 78 72, Sepp Straka (Aut) 74 70 76

221 Chesson Hadley 71 77 73, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 74 74 73, Brendon Todd 72 78 71

222 Doc Redman 76 67 79

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