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(Reuters) – China’s Lin Xiyu hit a superb five-under-67 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over Australia’s Hannah Green and South Korea’s Inbee Park heading into the final day of the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore. Lin got off to a poor start with a bogey on the first hole and failed again on the seventh, but seven birdies, including three on the last four holes, brought his total to 14 under par for the tournament at Sentosa Golf Club. “I wasn’t really paying attention to the leaderboard because for me, the first nine were a bit sketchy,” Lin said. “I made two three putts, weird mistakes, and I kept the birdie putts short.” So, going into the last nine, which I thought were the hardest nine, I didn’t expect to play that well, but I also knew that there were still a lot of opportunities left, so I just needed to be very patient. The last two holes were unreal. ”Former world number one Park, the joint leader overnight, lost a place to be tied for second after a disappointing effort after the corner where he had two bogeys. before a double bogey at 16 for a round of 70. “I still have a chance. That’s what matters, and tomorrow I will go out and try to get down, “said the 2015 and 2017 champion, who is in the running to be part of the South Korean team for the Olympics. She was tied with constant Green, whose second straight round of 66 kept her in contention for just a third win on the LPGA Tour. The leading trio was followed by Mexican Gaby López in the fourth and a group of three – Chun In-gee, Lydia Ko and Ryu So- yeon – South Korea’s Park Hee-young, who shared the top spot heading into the third round, fell to 21st after her game derailed in the last nine for a round of 79. The winner of ANA Inspiration Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit was tied for 11th with British Open champion Sophia Popov after a round of 68.