YUKA Saso put an exclamation point to a quiet round, hitting birdie on No. 18 for a 69 on Saturday in the Konica Minolta cup in Okayama.
Eyeing her third title on the Japan LPGA Tour, Saso has a 54-hole total of nine-under 207, two strokes off Yuna Nishimura, who matched the day’s best 67.
Saso shares fourth spot with Sakura Koiwai, winner of last week’s Golf 5 Ladies Professional golf tournament, and two others.
Koiwai fired a 68, which was matched by Saki Nagamine, while Sayaka Takahashi carded a 69.
Saso had one birdie on the front nine and two on the back while making no bogeys.