Ji grabs share of Kia Classic lead as Kerr collapses


Los Angeles (AFP)

South Korea's Ji Eun-hee fired five birdies in a five-under par 67 on Saturday to share the LPGA Kia Classic third-round lead with compatriot Kim In-kyung and American Lizette Salas.

The trio's 11-under total of 205 put them one stroke in front of a group of four players headed by American Cristie Kerr -- who started the day with a five-shot lead but carded a three-over par 75.

Kerr was tied on 206 with Taiwan's Hsu Wei-Ling (68), Sweden's Caroline Hedwall (70) and fellow American Cindy LaCrosse (68).

A day after a sparkling 64, Kerr had three bogeys and a double-bogey six at the par-four 15th -- where she hooked her drive into the trees.

Kerr, 40, had just two birdies on the Aviara Golf Club course where she won in 2015.

On a tightly bunched leaderboard, another four players were tied on 207.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist joined that group with a six-under 66 that included seven birdies. She was level with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (69), South Korean Lee Jeong-eun (70) and American Kris Tamulis (67).

Another five players were tied on 208.