NORTH BERWICK, Scotland – Azahara Munoz birdied the 18th hole to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the Ladies Scottish Open on Saturday.
The Spaniard shot a 2-under 69 for a 7-under 206 total, just ahead of American Stacy Lewis (70). The two players had shared the overnight lead.
“It’s been another solid day. Today I think I literally hit every fairway, lots of greens,” Munoz said. “Maybe I couldn’t make a few more putts today but still made some nice ones, some nice par saves.”
Solheim Cup star Munoz has not won an LPGA Tour event since she captured the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship in New Jersey.
Two-time major winner Lewis is a former top-ranked player and a 12-time LPGA Tour champion. She is looking for her first win in nearly three years — since when she has given birth to her first child, Chesnee — to take into next week’s Women’s British Open, which she won in 2013.
“I think big picture, you take under par on this golf course any day,” Lewis said Saturday. She added that “all in all, I stuck to my game plan, made some good up-and-downs when I needed to, and still a pretty solid day.”
American Jennifer Song returned a 70 to occupy third place, one shot behind Lewis.
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (67) and Cheyenne Knight (69) of the U.S. are a stroke further behind.
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