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Korda takes Women's Australian Open lead

  |   Feb. 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM
VICTORIA, Australia, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Jessica Korda had an ever-par 73 Saturday in taking the lead at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, the first 2012 event on the LPGA calendar.

Windy conditions made the Royal Melbourne Golf Club tougher than usual for the third round and just nine players broke par. Nikki Campbell had a 3-under 70 for the best score of the day.

Korda is at 4-under 215 after 54 holes, one stroke better than Campbell, second-round leader Ryu So-yeon and Seo Hee-kyung. Ryu had six bogeys and three birdies en route to a 76 while Seo turned in a 2-over 75 Saturday.

Two-time defending champion Yani Tseng, one of the few under par Saturday with a 71, sits in fifth at 2-under, tied with Katie Futcher, who also had a third-round 71.

Even Campbell's round was spotted with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 9 and 10 against five birdies.

Korda had a bogey at the fifth hole but moved into the lead with three birdies in a four-hole span. She had birdies at 9 and 10 where Campbell was getting bogeys. But Korda returned to the field with bogeys at Nos. 13 and 17.

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