Jiyai Shin and Lydia Ko broke from the pack with both shooting a three-under par 70 and sharing a six-shot lead Saturday after the third round of the Women's Australian Open in Canberra, Australia.
Ko, a 15-year-old amateur, marched out to an early lead with birdies on three of the first six holes. Shin, however, got right back in it when Ko bogeyed on the 12th and 14th before Ko finished with a birdie.
The pair head into the final day of the tournament at 17-under 202.
"When I was coming down the 18th I wasn't pretty happy with what happened and you know, there were a couple more birdie opportunities that I did miss, so I said, 'Lydia, just have a birdie down the last hole and you know, just be happy with that hole,' " Ko said. "Then yeah, I guess it worked and yeah, it's quite mentally hurtful when you do make bogeys along the way after you've been playing so pretty good."
Shin could have had the lead to herself but bogeyed at No. 17. Still, she got off to a great start, which included an eagle at No. 6. She joked that she was unable to see the shot go in because of her height.
"I was too short to watch (the eagle)," Shin said. "Well, first day and second day I made a good birdie with that hole so I thinking I had a chance to birdie, but I was surprised it was in."
Beatriz Recari is in third place after a 71. Her 208 overall places her six shots behind Shin and Ko and two ahead of a crowded fourth-place tie among Gwladys Nocera, Carlota Ciganda, Moriya Jutanugarn, Yani Tseng and Mariajo Uribe.
Nocera's 65 was the best round of the day. Uribe, who had the lead after two rounds, struggled to a 79.
It appears to be a two-player race for the championship on Sunday.
"Well, this makes it comfortable for us because we just focus," Shin said. "But this course has a lot of chances to birdie, a lot of par 5s, so I'll still keep watching for other players."