Three-way tie for first at LPGA's Mizuno Classic

Nov. 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM   |   Comments

SHIMA, Japan, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose caught Shiho Oyama for a share of the lead after Saturday's play of the LPGA's Mizuno Classic in Japan.

Higa and Ichinose each had 6-under-par 66s while Oyama, the first-round leader, shot a 68 Saturday for a 36-hole total of 8-under 136 with one round to play.

They are one stroke up on Asako Fujimoto (67 Saturday) and Brittany Lincicome (68) with four more players tied for sixth at 6-under. Defending champion and world No. 3 Stacy Lewis is in a group of five tied at 5-under. Lewis overcame a seven-shot deficit in winning the tournament in 2012.

Higa's 66 was bogey-free. She scattered three birdies over the first 13 holes but then ran off three consecutive birdies for her share of first.

Ichinose posted back-to-back birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 and then had four straight on 7-10. She got to 7-under on the day with a 14th-hole birdie but slipped back with a bogey at 17. It was her first bogey of the tournament.

Oyama also had one bogey Saturday, that coming at the 15th hole. She was 5-under prior to that.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Red Sox sign Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo for 7-year deal
Yankees host White Sox trying to stay in playoff hunt
Mariners turn to King Felix, resume road trip in Boston
Royals try to bounce back in Arlington
Former Steelers RB Redman says spinal injury ended career
Trending News