Salas leads Indianapolis LPGA by two

Los Angeles: American Lizette Salas had eight birdies in an eight-under par 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the US LPGA tournament in Indianapolis. Salas, who began the round tied for the lead with Park Sung-hyun and Ko Jin-young, had a 54-hole total of 21-under 195. She was two shots clear of Park and South Korean Amy Yang, with defending champion Lexi Thompson alone in fourth a further three strokes back.
Park, who has a chance to topple Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn from the number one world ranking with a victory this week, had racked up eight birdies and was 21-under and in the lead when she double-bogeyed the par-four 16th, hitting her approach shot into the water. The two-time major winner, seeking her third win of the season, parred the last two holes to complete a six-under par 66 that left her tied on 197 with Yang, who had seven birdies without a bogey in her 65. Thompson climbed the leaderboard with an eight-under 64, her eight birdies including four in a row from the fourth through the seventh holes. — AFP