Saturday, September 22, 2018

Season awards on the line at LPGA Tour Championship

NAPLES — Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn will settle the biggest awards and prizes today at Tiburon. They're chasing Charley Hull at the LPGA Tour Championship. Hull is at 13-under 203.

"I think it's going to be a very interesting Sunday," Ko said Saturday after dropping into a tie for fourth in the season finale.

Ko needs a victory to top Jutanugarn in the player of the year race, and also would take the season points title and $1 million CME Globe bonus with a win. Ko also is fighting Jutanugarn for the money title and In Gee Chun for the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

"It's simple: I got to win to get it." Ko said. "That's why no matter what position I am, I'm the chaser. So, I think that almost puts less pressure on me, where I'm not thinking about where I am exactly."

Hull birdied all four par-5 holes in a bogey-free 6-under 66 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome (66) and So Yeon Ryu (69) and two-stroke advantage over Ko (73), Jutanugarn (65), Chun (68), Jennifer Song (66) and Lizette Salas (67).

"Just kind of kept in the zone," Hull said. "I felt like I hit it pretty decent."

PGA: Mackenzie Hughes atoned for a triple bogey that cost him the lead by making a tough par save and three birdies for a 2-under 68, giving the rookie a one-shot edge going into the final round at the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga. Hughes sits at 16-under 196. Billy Horschel holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the Seaside course at Sea Island for a 65. Also tied for second at 197 are Camilo Villegas (64) and C.T. Pan (67).

PGA EUROPE: Victor Dubuisson shot a sparkling 8-under 64, giving him a one-stroke lead in the Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after three rounds. Now at 13 under 203, Dubuisson leads Nicolas Colsaerts (66), Matthew Fitzpatrick (66) and Tyrrell Hatton (67). Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson (70) closed with five birdies in his last seven holes. Alex Noren, third in the race, shot a 69 and was two ahead of Stenson, while Danny Willett (76) slipped to a tie for 51st.

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