72 for Maguire as Hall breaks course record to chase down Yin

Ronan MacNamara

Leona Maguire (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Leona Maguire shot her third straight round of 72 to lie on three-over-par at the DIO Implant LA Open in Palos Verdes as China’s Ruoning Yin leads by two shots on fourteen-under-par.

Maguire’s only birdie of the day came at the fifth hole and she followed it up with bogeys on 8 and 13.

Yin shot a four-under 67 to jump to -14 and two clear of Hyo Joo Kim while England’s Georgia Hall shot a course-record 62 to catapult into contention on ten-under.


20-year-old Yin carded four birdies on the spin on her back nine as she climbed to the summit as she chases a maiden LPGA Tour win.

“After 8, which I made a bogey with a three-putt, I just told myself and I told my caddie, I said, `We just got to trust the line and putt it. We’ll make some putts,’” Yin said.

“That means a lot, and not just for me, but also China Golf,” Yin said about winning. “I think, yeah, it’s going to be a big day.”

Hall’s 62 was also her career best round and the former Women’s Open champion is in fine form having lost out in a playoff at last week’s Drive On Championship.

“I’ve been playing well pretty much all year,” Hall said. “It really gave me a lot of confidence last week, although I lost in the playoff, I hit some really good shots. Just really pleased with the way I’m playing and just trying to keep it going.”

Hall played the front nine in 7-under 29 with two eagles and three birdies and added two birdies on the back nine.

“I was just trying to stay really patient and I knew that I could take advantage of the front nine,” Hall said. “I managed to get a couple eagles in there, which I was very happy about.”

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