Taiwan's Candie Kung (???) shot a 4-under 68 on a windless day in the third round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Linkou to remain the best positioned of 20 Taiwanese players going into the final day of the event.
Kung ended the day tied with three other golfers for eighth at six-under 210 after carding five birdies and one bogey on a day of low scores.
"The conditions were good today, and I should have scored better," Kung said.
In contrast to the first two rounds, there was almost no wind at Miramar Golf Country Club on Saturday, and Kung said she had trouble getting used to the different conditions early on, which affected her putting.
She said that even her caddie wondered: "There's no wind today. Why are you so nervous?"
Without any wind, Kung said the weather was extremely muggy, but she was still happy to be able to finish her round before it started to rain.
Kung was 10 shots behind the leader, Jang Ha Na of South Korea, who opened up a six-shot lead on the field with a sizzling 62.
Feng Shanshan of China was second at 10-under 206 and Park Hee Young of South Korea was third, another shot back in the US$2 million tournament.
After Kung, the next best Taiwanese after three rounds were Hsu Wei-ling (???), Cheng Ssu-chia (???) and Tsai Pei-ying (???) who were in a six-way tie for 34th at 1-under 215.
The highlight of the day for Taiwanese players was a hole-in-one on the par-3 14th hole by 16-year-old Hou Yu-chiang (???).
Hou, an amateur and currently a student at Taipei Municipal Heping Senior High School, shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday, leaving her tied for 50th at 3 over par.
Hou said the hole in one was her third in a competition, with the other two coming in amateur events. She said her goal for the final round was to get to even par for the tournament.
Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng (???) had another disappointing day, saying that she felt as muggy as the weather. She shot a 1-under 71 to leave her tied for 66th at 7-over for the tournament.
Tseng said she borrowed world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn's caddie for the week, but it has not worked out as well as she hoped, saying the two did not have good chemistry and did not communicate well.
She also had trouble with her putter. "I had opportunities for birdies, but I just missed a number of them. The problem was the line. The speed was usually right on," she said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel