LPGA Tour: Hannah Green gains one-shot lead over Palos Verdes Championship | Golf news

The Australian produced a run of 72, but outruns Lydia Ko in second place; Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh shot 68 to take a tie for third place – watch live from 11pm on Sunday on Sky Sports Golf

Last updated: 01/05/22 8:44am

Hannah Green stays ahead and advances to the final lap

Hannah Green stays ahead and advances to the final lap

Hannah Green rallied to maintain a one-time lead in the final round of the Palos Verdes Championship, Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh took third on the standings.

The Australian went into the day with a three-stroke advantage, ahead of Lydia Ko and three other players, before starting her third round badly.

She overcame bogeys on the first two holes to shoot a one-over 72 and take a one-shot lead over playing partner Ko heading into the final day.

“I’ve had a terrible start, you might say,” said Green. “I just sold myself too much today, so I was actually quite happy with the one-on-one.

“Just got some funny wedge shots and didn’t read the lies and the wind direction either.”

Between holes six and nine, she scored a bogey-eagle-bogey birdie and also dropped a stroke on the par-4 12th.

The Australian birdied the par-5 in 16th and parried the last two to finish 8-under 205.

“It’s hard,” said Groen. “You know there are opportunities on this golf course, but you also know there are some tricky holes.

“You just have to be patient like any other golf course, but it’s hard as Lydia [Ko] breathes into your back and there are so many good scores from earlier in the day.”

Gemma Dryburgh is very confident and enjoying her golf

Gemma Dryburgh is very confident and enjoying her golf

The Scottish Dryburgh delivered a round of 68 to cement its position on move day. Five birdies on the front nine were followed by a birdie and three bogeys on the back nine.

“I think I hit most of the fairways today, so I’m just going to have a lot of confidence,” Dryburgh said.

“Everything is pretty solid, to be honest. [I’m] hitting well, putting well and chipping so it all kind of comes together which was nice. A bit on a roll at the moment, so just a lot of confidence.”

Dryburgh’s productivity means she’s joining Lexi Thompson as she climbs the standings. Thompson moved from a tie for 37th to tie for third with Dryburgh and seven other golfers.

“The first two days were a little rough hitting the ball, but came together today,” said Thompson. “Had a good range session after my round yesterday and thought about a few things. I just felt confident coming in today.”

Ko shot a 70 and also overcame a bad start. The New Zealander had a double bogey on the par-four second and a bogey on the par-four fourth.

“I think I made it a little harder than it was,” Ko said. “But when you think about how I started, to finish the day below par, up and on.”

She rallied for five birdies, the last a 30-footer on the 16th. She bogeyed on the par-three 17th and saved par with a seven-footer on the par-four 18th.

“It was really windy,” Ko said. “I think there’s a huge difference between playing in the morning and in the afternoon. Luckily the wind dropped in the last few holes so that made it a little easier.”

England’s Charly Hull dropped significantly after a round of 77. She started with a double bogey on the first, her first of two on the round, in addition to two bogeys and one birdie.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff sits alongside Hull in a tie for 69th with four-over, with Charlotte Thomas one step ahead of three-over.

Watch the Palos Verdes Championship live on Sky Sports all week. Live coverage will continue on Sky Sports Golf from 11pm on Sunday.

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