Lydia Ko retains part of the lead ahead of the final round of the Women’s Scottish Open

Lydia Ko retains part of the lead ahead of the final round of the Women's Scottish Open

Lydia Ko had her quieter round of the Women’s Scottish Open overnight (New Zealand time) but still holds a share of the lead before the final round.

The world number 4 kiwi had a third round of one down and is 15 under overall alongside France’s Celine Boutier with 18 holes to play at the Dundonald Links Golf Course.

Ko started the tournament in Ayrshire with two bogey-free rounds, but suffered his first failure on the third par-5 hole in the third round.

Lydia Ko shot one under in her third round at the Scottish Open to retain a share of the lead.

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Lydia Ko shot one under in her third round at the Scottish Open to retain a share of the lead.

Two more followed on par-4 12th and par-4 17th, so her four birdies – on par-4 second, par-3 fourth, par-3 15 and par-5 18 – meant she only slightly improved her position. .

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Her chip on the 15th was the highlight of the day, but she struggled with the flat stick, requiring 33 putts in her round – four more than the second round and seven more than the first.

Still, Ko’s three-day total of 201 is her third-lowest 54-hole effort on the LPGA Tour, and in her previous 16 times holding the lead or co-leader in the final round, she’s triumphed on eight occasions.

“I think I drove a little better than I did the last few days,” she said.

“My irons weren’t that sharp, so I don’t think I prepared myself for so many easier birdie opportunities.

“I know it wasn’t the best golf I’ve ever played, but I managed to play it. I don’t think it was as bad as I think it was, and because I had two very low rounds, it makes me compare more to the last two days.

“I know there is a lot of good stuff out there and I hope [I will] keep the good tomorrow and see the hole on the greens in a few more.”

Boutier, meanwhile, was one of four golfers to make it to the top seven with a third round of five under or better.

She shot five-under, while Canadian Maude-Aimee Leblanc scored six-under to pass for a tie for third, one stroke behind, alongside German Leonie Harm, who shot five-under.

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