Newspaper article The Canadian Press

South Korea's Hee Young Park Shoots a 61 to Move into Lead at LPGA Tournament

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

South Korea's Hee Young Park Shoots a 61 to Move into Lead at LPGA Tournament

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Hee Young Park makes her move at LPGA tourney

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WATERLOO, Ont. - The course was dry but the greens remained soft at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Saturday.

Players aimed straight at the pins for a third straight day and the scoreboard was loaded with low scores as a result.

South Korea's Hee Young Park shot a career-low 61 to move into sole possession of top spot at Grey Silo Golf Course. Her 20-under-par 193 total left her one shot up on American Angela Stanford and two strokes ahead of Scotland's Catriona Matthew.

With 21 players already in double digits at 10 under or better and course conditions likely to stay the same, expect a shootout on Sunday.

"When you see everybody going low, you have to go with them or you're going to get left behind," Stanford said.

Park's three-round score was the best 54-hole total on tour this year and it was just the 11th time a play has shot 61 in tour history. She almost went one better -- nearly chipping in for eagle on the 18th before tapping in a short putt for her sixth birdie on the back nine alone.

"I finished really well, finished (with) the birdie, so it's going to be fun tomorrow," she said.

Matthew (68) started the day with a three-shot lead on Stanford (64) but fell back with a double-bogey on the par-3 12th hole. She followed with a birdie and got another stroke back with a birdie on the final hole.

"Yeah, didn't maybe click quite as well today, didn't hit it quite as close," Matthew said. "Had a lot of chances but just kind of left a few, and then a silly double on 12, kind of getting a bit greedy going for the hole and just pulled it.

"Nice to come back with a couple birdies."

Meena Lee of South Korea was three shots off the lead after a 65, while Sweden's Anna Nordqvist shot a 67 and was five shots off the pace.

South Korea's Inbee Park remained in contention after a 67, good for a ninth-place tie at 13 under. Park has won her last three tournaments.

"I had a lot of opportunities today but missed a lot of putts," she said. "I mean I hit the ball the way I wanted to, that's the positive part to take away. Hopefully the putts will go in tomorrow. …

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