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LPGA Han takes over as Jamie Farr leader



Published: Sun, July 10, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



SYLVANIA (AP) -- After parring 11 holes in a row, Hee-Won Han rolled in birdie putts on two of the last three holes to cap a 5-under 66 Saturday for a two-stroke lead through three rounds of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Han, who started the day a shot behind Beth Daniel, was at 11-under 202.

To pick up her fourth career win, Han will have to hold off fellow South Korean Jeong Jang, who shot a 67 to reach 9 under. Defending champion Meg Mallon and 50-year-old Marilyn Lovander -- winless in 180 career LPGA Tour starts -- were 8-under after 68s. Leta Lindley was alone in fifth place at 7-under after a 68.

U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim (71), Sung Ah Yim (68), Heather Bowie (69) and Becky Morgan (68), who shared the first-round lead with Kim, were all at 6-under.

Daniel drops back

The 48-year-old Daniel had a double bogey on the last hole to shoot a 73. Trying to break her own mark as the oldest ever to win an LPGA event, she's at 208.

Han birdied three of the first four holes, hitting an 8 iron to 6 feet at No. 1, a 7-iron to 10 feet at No. 2 and an 8-iron to 4 feet at No. 4. She saved par from off the green twice on the front side and then had routine two-putt pars the rest of the way until she got to the par-4 16th.

Her 7-iron approach ended up 8 feet away and a look of relief spread across her face as she finally hit a birdie putt to break a deadlock with Jang, with whom she played junior golf.

At the closing hole, she hit a solid drive and laid up with her second shot on the par-5 hole before hitting a gap wedge to 5 feet and holing the putt.

Four players had at least a share of the lead in the third round: Daniel, Mallon, Jang and Han.

Mallon birdied the first three holes to climb past Daniel but played the final 15 holes in even par.

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