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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.

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