Kim one shot ahead of Nelly Korda in CME Championship

South Korea’s Sei Young Kim shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday and holds a one-shot lead over Nelly Korda after three rounds of the CME Group Tour Championship at Naples, Fla.

Kim is at 16-under 200 after the latest trip around Tiburon Golf Club. Korda is right behind her after firing a 66.

Kim also led after the first and second rounds. The winner of the event lands the richest prize ever in a women’s golf event — $1.5 million.

Germany’s Caroline Masson is four shots off the lead after a 70. England’s Charley Hull is five shots back in fourth place after carding a 66.

Kim, 26, had four birdies in a bogey-free round, with three of them coming in the first seven holes.

“Front nine I play quite solid,” Kim said afterward. “I had three birdies. And then back nine it was kind of boring. I had a lot of chances but I couldn’t make them, but I have a pretty solid round today.”

Korda, 21, recorded five of her eight birdies on the back nine as she overcame a bumpy start. She double-bogeyed No. 3 to dig herself a hole before moving on splendidly.

“I tried to tell myself to be more aggressive starting on the back nine,” Korda said afterward. “I was rolling it really well and I was definitely a bit more aggressive.”

Masson entered the round two shots off the lead but was unable to play as well as she did the first two rounds, when she had scores of 68 and 66. Masson registered four birdies and also made two bogeys.

“Obviously, winning has been the goal for the whole year,” Masson said. “I think it’s pretty awesome that I actually put myself in a position where I have a chance to do that tomorrow. I think it’s all you can ask for.”

Hull had seven birdies and one bogey in a strong follow-up to her second-round 67. She had five of her birdies on the back nine.

“I really like this golf course,” Hull said. “Got some tricky holes. I enjoy it.”

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko (66 on Saturday), Jessica Korda (69), Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh (70) and Canada’s Brooke Henderson (71) are tied for fifth, six shots off the lead at 10 under. Jessica Korda, 26, is Nelly Korda’s older sister.

Ko is the leader in the Race to the CME Globe — a season-long points competition decided at this event.

Lexi Thompson (70) is among seven golfers tied for ninth place at 9 under.


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