Stanford leads in Hawaii, Rain pushing back RBC schedule

Third Round – LPGA Tour –LPGA LOTTE Championship –Ko Olina Golf Club – Oahu, Hawaii –

Angela Stanford extended her lead at the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii with a 5-under-67 in round three.

Stanford (13-under overall) leads by four shots heading into Saturday’s final round at Ko Olina Golf Club. She leads a pair at 9-under featuring local favorite Michelle Wie and 18-year-old Hyo-Joo Kim.

LPGA Tour Rookie Amy Anderson fired a 68 in the third round to reach 8-under overall. She is T-5 alongside a few others including Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu.

Cristie Kerr is alone in fourth place at 8-under and five back. She was fourth last time out at the Kraft Nabisco Championship – the tour’s first major title of the year.

Wie may have a difficult time converting the victory with the weight of the hometown fans behind her. She will almost certainly lock up her tour-leading 7th Top 10 of the season.

For Stanford, she was a 33-to-1 betting pick at heading into the week. He was T-7 at the Kraft finishing fourth in putts per Green In Regulation.

Top 10 players Lydia Ko (T-27) and Paula Creamer (T-60) failed to contend this week.

Other Golf News:

  • The rain-delayed RBC Heritage is close to finishing up second-round action. PGA Tour veterans K.J. Choi and Jim Furyk are both in the clubhouse at 5-under, while Luke Donald is 3-under overall. Local native Ben Martin is also 5-under through 36 holes.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez opened his Champions Tour debut with a front-nine 30 en route to a 7-under first round at the Greater Gwinnett Championship. He leads Bernhard Langer and Steve Pate by three shots.
  • Team members has been determined for the International Crown (July 24-27), new women’s golf event featured four-player teams from eight qualifying nations using the Rolex World Rankings. The U.S. team consistent of Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Kerr. Other nations participating include Spain, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and Sweden.
  • Jiyai Shin, a former World No. 1, gave up her LPGA Tour membership this season. The 25-year-old, who has 11 LPGA Tour victories and two majors, is staying closer to home playing the LPGA Japan circuit.
  • Lee Westwood (14-under) shot 71 Saturday in round three at the European Tour’s Maybank Malaysian Open. He leads Andy Sullivan by a stroke.