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Olympic champ Park grabs LPGA Tourney of Champions lead

Olympic champion Park In-bee of South Korea fired a four-under-par 67 to seize a two-stroke lead after Saturday s third round of the season-opening LPGA Tournament of Champions. Park had a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 18th hole to grab a four-shot lead but rolled the ball four feet past the cup and missed her comeback putt for her first bogey of the week to finish on 13-under 200 after 54 holes at Four Seasons Orlando. That left the 31-year-old from Seoul only two ahead of fifth-ranked compatriot Kim Sei-young, who also fired a 67, with Japan s Nasa Hataoka third on 203 and France s Celine Boutier another stroke adrift. Seven-time major winner Park, seeking her 20th career LPGA title, is trying to earn a chance to defend her Rio Olympic gold medal later this year at Tokyo. Park is only ranked 16th and trailing five compatriots in her quest for one of four possible spots on the South Korean women s Olympic golf squad. Park, who began the day sharing the lead with Brooke Henderson, .

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