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Former champion Ai Miyazato takes 2-shot lead at Evian Masters after shooting 67 in 3rd round
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) ' Former champion Ai Miyazato of Japan shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead after the third round at the Evian Masters.
Miyazato, who won her first LPGA title at the Evian Masters two years ago, made five birdies for a 13-under total of 203. She heads into Sunday's fourth round ahead of a group of four players, including Kraft Nabisco winner Stacy Lewis.
Overnight leader Miki Saiki of Japan, Ran Hong of South Korea and Angela Stanford are also at 11 under.
I.K. Kim of South Korea moved into contention after climbing the leaderboard with a brilliant round of 64 to sit three shots behind. Kim made six birdies on the first eight holes and had nine overall.
"I had a great round, I have to say. Everything was clicking," Kim said. "Once you get a good feeling out there it kind of builds up, you get a snowball (effect). I'm excited to see myself on the leaderboard going into tomorrow."
Kim's score would have been even more impressive if not for a bogey on the fifth hole, although she hit three straight birdies after that.
"I was on the fairway and just pulled it left," she said. "It could have been much better if I hit it five feet right ... I hope I can birdie (it) tomorrow."
Kim is looking for her first tournament win this year after third-place finishes at the Kia Classic and the LPGA Thailand ' where she hit a round of 63, her best of the year.