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It is Ko's best finish since winning the Marathon Classic last June, but carding the best round of the day wasn't enough to catch runaway leader Cristie Kerr. Kerr also is the second American to win on the LPGA Tour this year. That is both a course and tournament record.
She played the last two rounds without a blemish on her scorecard, including a 10-under 62 in Friday's third round, and delivered 16 birdies in her final 36 holes. I can't remember two and a half days after I struggled with my swing feel, and then made so many birdies in my life. "I was just kind of on autopilot", said Sharp.
"I stayed in the moment and started walking them in". She bogeyed the 10th just before play was suspended, but got it back with her sixth birdie of the day, at the 13th. She was two-under 142 and tied-40th.
Sharp admits "It's hard to win out here", but has never wanted to stop trying.
Lydia Ko carded a one-over 73 in the first round of the Lotte Championship. "I just love the competition". "I hit a lot of good shots".
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She found her rhythm on the fairways and nailed a succession of challenging putts, elements of her game which have been off-key during a title drought which stretches back to July. They always have been. One shot behind her is Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who began the third round in second place but shot a 2-under 70 in the third round.
Hawaii has thrown its share of surprises at this year's field. The wind and rain, and thunder and lightning, have made Ko Olina a tropical adventure.
Su-Yeon Jang claimed the lead in the Lotte Championship by building up a three-stroke cushion after the third round Friday afternoon.
Kim and Ariya were the clubhouse leaders when play was halted on Thursday. She needed just 25 putts. "So, this is an event I really look forward to and I'm excited to go out there and hopefully have a lot of fun this week." said, Wie.
Playing her last tournament as a teenager, Ko ensured she will retain the top ranking into her 20s. Minjee Lee won a year ago by rallying from a five-shot deficit in the final round with a closing 64. "So experience definitely helps".
Hawaii's Michelle Wie finished tied for 39th at 6-under par. Lindy Duncan holed out on the 18th early Friday for eagle to make the cut. She had a hole-in-one on her 17th hole (No. 8).