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Ueda was even with Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh heading to the par-5 No. 18 where she made a clutch birdie putt for a 4-under 68 to hold on to her one-stroke lead from the second round at Seta Golf Course in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.
Ueda had birdies on two of her first three holes, but bogeys on Nos. 5 and 7 left the 36-year-old at 10-under. Things picked up after the turn when she had birdies on 10, 12 and 13 before a birdie-bogey-birdie finish to improve to 14-under.
"My shots were not so good like [the] same as yesterday," Ueda said. "I missed a short putt, and it made me unable to play well today. Then, I talked with my caddie about today's game plan and decided to get birdies as much as possible in par-5 holes in the back 9."
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Author: Jim Armstrong
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