Ciganda rallies to grab share of lead in Shanghai

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda fired a 5-under 67 on Saturday to catch South Korea’s Sei Young Kim at the top of the leaderboard at the Buick LPGA Shanghai.

Kim, the overnight leader, shot a 1-under 71 to finish the day at 11-under for the tournament. After birdies on each of her first three holes Saturday, Kim nixed four bogeys with two birdies over her final 12 holes.

Meanwhile, Ciganda was putting together a bogey-free round that included three birdies over her closing four holes.

“I want to win because I didn’t win last year,” said Ciganda. “I love playing in Asia. It’s good for long hitters, playing quite long, so I’m quite comfortable.”

Ciganda is seeking her third carer LPGA title.

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Danielle KangAmericans Danielle Kang, Brittany Altomare and Angel Yin and first-round leader Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) are one shot back at 10-under.

“I’m really proud that I ended up in a red number,” said Kang, who shot a 1 under 72 on her 26th birthday. “That was my goal for today. I told my caddie, Listen, it’s not really working well. I don’t know what’s going on. He was telling me, Each shot is a new hole, but my main goal was to shoot under par. I don’t care if it was one or three or whatever.”

Yin, who posted the first 65 of the tournament on Friday, followed it up with a 68 in the third round.

“I love competing. That’s why I’m playing, right?,” said Yin. “Yeah, I’m excited to be in contention again going into Sunday.”

Jutanugarn, who leads the ROLEX Player of the Year standings, is looking for her first tournament victory in Asia.

China’s Yu Liu was alone in seventh place after a 3-under 69 put her at 9-under heading into the final round.

England’s Bronte Law, American Paula Creamer and Australia’s Minjee Lee round out the top 10 in a three-way tie for eighth at 8-under.

Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park of South Korea carded a 2-under 70 for the second straight round, and sits in a tie for 25th as she attempts to fend off Jutanugarn for the year-end No. 1 spot.

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff tied the best round of the tournament with a 7-under 65 that featured two eagles – including an ace on the par 3 No. 2 hole. She’s at 6-under heading into the final round.

–Field Level Media