Aussie Kemp in LPGA contention in Cincy

Australian Sarah Kemp remains in contention at the LPGA event in Cincinnati, despite going under 70 under in the third round.

Kemp is in fourth place at 12 under, four shots behind leader Ally Ewing in the Kroger Queen City Championship.

The American took the lead with a quick start and stayed there on a soggy course on Saturday: her five under 67s created a one-shot lead over Mexican Maria Fassi (67) who is aiming for her first women’s title. LPGA.

Ewing’s first task deep into the season is to make sure he is among the 60 who reach the final event, which he has been doing every year since 2017. A win would take care of that.

Ewing didn’t finish in the top 10 all year, but she was pretty much flawless at the Kenwood Country Club. She had six birds and didn’t suffer any bogey until the last hole.

“It was exciting to get off to a good start,” said Ewing.

“My mentality at the beginning of today was to play with myself and go out, take shots, and I did it very well. An unfortunate bogey at 18. It is a difficult hole and I had no ball up and down. Really happy with how I played and how I behaved, and obviously in a good position for tomorrow ”.

Chinese Xiyu Lin (70) is third at 14 below, while Megan Khang (69), Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (69) and South Korean 36-hole point guard Jeongeun Lee6 (73) join Kemp on two ground hits.

Americans Khang and Kemp are also looking to win the LPGA Tour for the first time.

Hannah Green, the only other Australian left on the field, threw a 72 and is tied for 30th place four-to-four.

“We saw Gaby (Lopez) and I fought in our group last week, and I think we were like the penultimate group. So this is golf. Anything can happen, “he said. Khan said.

“You just have to stay inside yourself and give yourself a chance.”

Ewing, with two LPGA wins in his career, started the third round one shot behind and quickly cleared it with a couple of birdies, as well as another on the par-5 fourth hole.

The 29-year-old, who has won each of the last two years on tour, has been bird watching all four par-5s.

With Reuters.

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