Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, hits from off the first fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the third round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eric Risberg
April 23, 2016

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Haru Nomura shot a 1-under 71 in cool and breezy conditions Saturday at Lake Merced to maintain a three-stroke lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

The 23-year-old Japanese player had three birdies and two bogeys to take a 10-under 206 total into the final round. She won the Australian Women's Open in February, pulling away to beat top-ranked Lydia Ko by three strokes for her first LPGA Tour title.

South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi were tied for second. Pace had a 69, and Choi shot 71.

So Yeon Ryu was 5 under along with Brooke Henderson, Catriona Matthew and Gerina Piller.

Ko was six strokes back at 4 under after a 73. The two-time defending champion will be 19 on Sunday.

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