SHIGA, Japan (AP) — Japan’s Momoko Ueda shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Toto Classic. Ueda also held a one-stroke lead after the second round.

Ueda, who had a total of 14 under 202 in three sets, is one shot ahead of Gemma Dryburgh, who shot a 65 for the best run of the day. Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum also had a 65 but was off the pace at the Seta Golf Course in western Japan.

Ueda won this tournament in 2007 and 2011.

Japanese player Miyu Yamashita shot a 69 and was two shots down. The field is tight with nine other players within five strokes of the lead.

“I’m not comfortable with the rhythm of my swing and also with my putting this week,” Ueda said. “Keeping a good pace would be key for tomorrow.”

Dryburgh is only playing for the second time in Japan and will be aiming for his first win on the LPGA Tour on Sunday.

“I hit well,” said the Scottish player. “Hitting a little closer than usual, which always helps. I think I hit a couple one foot today, so nice and easy. Without stress.”

Dryburgh was asked how she would approach the final round.

“I hope you stay stable and do the same as you did today. Try to hit one shot at a time, as they say.


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Japanese player Momoko Ueda watches her tee shot on the second hole of the LPGA Tour’s Toto Japan Classic at Seta Golf Club in Shiga, Japan on Thursday, November 3, 2022.


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