Park leads Lewis, Feng by four at LPGA Taiwan

Inbee Park grew her lead to four shots Saturday during the third round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship. In windy conditions, Park was able to post a 3-under 69 that moved her to 21 under after 54 holes at Miramar Golf and Country Club.

Park is playing her first event this week since regaining the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings. Park had that position for 59 weeks before Stacy Lewis bumped her June 2 after the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Lewis had been No. 1 ever since.

In Taiwan, Park also leads Lewis. Park had a colorful scorecard Saturday that included four birdies, three bogeys and an eagle at the par-5 12th. Park opened the tournament with rounds of 64-62, and also had an eagle during the second round.

“It was a quite different situation with the wind,” Park said of a day when wind gusts reached 30 mph. “It was playing a lot tougher. The downwind holes, it was tough to stop the ball on the green. We have quite tough holes out there, but I think I managed myself quite good.”

After a second-round 64, the best score of the day Saturday, Lewis is tied for second with China’s Shanshan Feng. Lewis birdied four of her last five holes to climb the leaderboard. She is looking for a fourth victory this season.

“I kind of got things together there, played really good,” Lewis said. “The wind started blowing on 7, and my caddie kind of made a comment about it and I said, ‘Good.’ That was my response. I knew I needed some help with the weather to get a little bit closer and played some great golf there coming in.”

Feng, who opened the tournament with a share of the lead, posted a third-round 70 to hold ground near the top of the leaderboard. Spain’s Azahara Munoz was fourth at 13 under after a 69, and South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu was another stroke back after a 68. Lydia Ko posted 71 to fall into a tie for sixth at 11 under. The 17-year-old New Zealander won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in December at Miramar.

Michelle Wie had a 72 to drop into a tie for 27th at 6 under. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, the winner the last two years at Sunrise, was another stroke back after a 74.

Information from the Associated Press used in this report

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