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Belen Mozo holding on in Auckland

Mozo holes a solid par save at the last (Photo: Photo Sport NZ)
Spain’s Belen Mozo has ground out a round of 1 under par 71 on a tough third day at the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open and will take a one-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round although at this stage there is concern over the possibility of weather severely disrupting play on day four.

Mozo, into her 7th LPGA Tour season, is still chasing her first LPGA Tour title and tomorrow she gets the chance to not only secure her immediate status on the LPGA Tour but could well significantly elevate her standing in the game generally.

In order to do so, however, she will need to hold off the likely challenges of two major winners in Canadian Brooke Henderson and the long hitting American Brittany Lincicome who are one and four shots behind her respectively

Mozo got up and down from a bunker at the 5th for her first birdie of the day after a bogey at the par three 3rd but although the birdies were few and far between from that point on so, too, were the bogeys and although it might not have been overly impressive, her round will have given her confidence for what lies ahead.

On what was a demanding day, Henderson showed her class with a round of 67 to move into outright second position while Brittany Lincicome and Jing Yan are three shots further back.

 “I am extremely happy with my 5-under especially with no bogies on the card because it was really tough conditions, with the wind really picking up especially on our back nine,” Henderson said.

“I am excited to be in the spot I am in right now and hopefully I can go out tomorrow and make a lot more birdies and see what happens.

“My chipping was probably the key today. I got up-and-down a bunch of times especially early in the round that kept me in it.”

Lincicome launched her push towards the top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the par five 2nd and then an eagle at the 5th. She would then birdie the 11th, 14th and 15th and she and Henderson appear to pose the biggest threat to Mozo tomorrow.

Victorian Su Oh continued to make considerable progress up the leaderboard and sits at 8 under and in a share of of 11th position

Sarah Kemp added a second consecutive round of 69 to be tied for 17th, Sarah Jane Smith is 31st, Stacey Peters 54th, Katherine Kirk 67th and Whitney Hillier 76th.

Tomorrow's final round has been rescheduled to begin at 7.45 with the leading group of Mozo, Lincicome and Henderson on the tee at 10.00am.

 

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