Yu Liu in sight of maiden LPGA title at Founders Cup

Yu Lui

Yu Liu will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup after shooting a 65 at the Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

China’s Liu shot 7-under in the third round and sits on 19 under overall as she chases her first ever LPGA tour victory.

Carlota Ciganda is close behind after the Spaniard carded a superb 9-under 63 to give her chance to take the trophy.

Liu played the final four holes in 4 under, making an eagle on the par-5 15th and birdied the last two to reach 19-under 197 in the event.

She broke a tie with Ciganda with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th.

Hyo Joo Kim (64), Jin Young Ko (64), Women’s Australian Open champion Nelly Korda (66) and Lydia Ko (67) matched Park at 15 under.

Lydia Ko saved par on 18 with a close shot from the deep left bunker.

Shanshan Feng, the only Chinese winner in tour history, had a 64 to join 2016 champion Sei Young Kim (67), Bronte Law (65), Jessica Korda (67), Charlotte Thomas (67) and Mi Jung Hur (69) at 13 under.

Azahara Munoz, Ciganda’s teammate at Arizona State, matched her fellow Spaniard with a 63 to reach 12 under.