PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Na Yeon Choi shot a 7-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, chipping to a foot to set up a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.
The seventh-ranked Choi, a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, birdied three of the last four holes in her bogey-free round to reach 15 under on Atlantis Resort's Ocean Club course.
"I think the last three rounds I had a really good swing," Choi said. "I had so many good shots. But I still have to play aggressively tomorrow. So many players have a chance."
The South Korean player hit 16 greens in regulation after hitting all 18 in windy conditions Friday.
"I had so many solid shots out there." Choi said. "I missed two greens today. Only two, but I hit a putt from the fringe, so obviously I haven't chipped the last two rounds. Last two, three weeks I haven't practiced much, maybe like seven or 10 days only, and every day it's just work out like two hours, and then I went to Dallas for chiropractor just more like take care for my body and then I got great feeling about my swing."
Lizette Salas was a stroke back. She also had a bogey-free 66.
"I've been bogey-free for the last two days and I'm feeling great on the greens," said Salas, winless on the tour. "A win is always on my mind, and it's been a goal of mine since coming close last year in Hawaii."
Fighting flu-like symptoms, she birdied three of the first four holes on the back nine.
"Once I hit the turn, I was just on it and wanted to make as many birdies as I could." Salas said. "You can't always play perfect and that's the thing about this game. I was trying to play it as best I could coming down the stretch."
Jessica Korda and Paula Creamer each eagled the 18th to reach 12 under. Korda, the second-round leader, had a 72, and Creamer shot 71. Creamer also holed a sand wedge from 82 yards for an eagle on the par-5 11th, but lost a ball en route to a triple-bogey 8 on No. 15.