South Korea's Ji ahead going into final in Taiwan


Shin had three bogeys on her way to a 75, but the LPGA Tour veteran was not ruling out a surprise today. Under windy and rainy conditions on the third round, Ji had a greens in regulation percentage of 79.1, and in the final round, her statistics were again close to ideal, only missing one fairway and two greens.

Ji had maintained her lead throughout the tournament at the Miramar Golf Country Club in New Taipei City, clinching her win with a 7-under par 65 in Sunday's final round. In 2009, Ji won the U.S. Women's Open, but since that major title, she hasn't won a single tournament, the result of a swing change.

"It kind of progressively picked up".

"I played solid and made a few good putts", said the 20-year-old Kiwi. "When I was on 17 tee I said I want to finish with two birdies, and I was able to do that". That was my bad day. "I know there's a big gap, but I've known Eun-Hee for a really long time, and playing with her two days in a row, it's going to be an interesting day tomorrow".

The two Koreans have a one-shot lead over young American Brittany Altomare and a two-shot lead over Australian Su Oh, whose 6-under-66 on Friday was the best round of the day.

Ko took the runner-up spot with a spotless seven-under 65 to finish with 11-under 277.

Top-ranked Ryu So-yeon and No. 2 Park Sung-hyun, the US LPGA Tour rookie of the year, again struggled to find their rhythm. With Park's disappointing finish this weekend, Ryu has extended her lead in points for Player of the Year and world ranking.