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GOLF | Momoko Ueda Holds on to One-Stroke Lead at Japan Classic

The two-time winner of the tournament birdied the final hole of the third round to remain on top. Gemma Dryburgh is one shot off the pace.



Momoko Ueda hits a tee shot on the 14th hole in the third round of the 2022 Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on November 5. (ⒸSANKEI)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

Overnight leader Momoko Ueda maintained her one-stroke lead in the third round of the LPGA Tour's Japan Classic on Saturday, November 5 with a birdie on the final hole.

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."

Read the full story on SportsLook.


Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who covered sports in Japan for over 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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