SLIPPING: Katherine Hull-Kirk tees off in Taiwan.
SLIPPING: Katherine Hull-Kirk tees off in Taiwan. Getty Images

Hull-Kirk loses her way

SUNSHINE Coast pro Katherine Hull-Kirk slid down the leader board at the latest stop on the US LPGA Tour, after a five-over-par third round left her in a tie for 21st place at the Sunrise Taiwan Championship.

Chasing his first win of the season, after one top-10 finish, Hull-Kirk will enter today's final round at four over - 10 strokes behind runaway Norwegian leader Suzann Pettersen.

The Coast's other entrant in the event, Sarah-Jane Smith, had a one-over 73 third round to sit in a tie for 58th place at 10 over at the $US2 million tournament.

World No.89 Hull-Kirk, 55th on the money list with almost $199,000, started yesterday's third round at one under.

However she began struggling early, bogeying holes two, three, six and nine for a four-over 40 front nine.

She then had seven straight pars before bogeying the par-four 17th.

She has been in reasonable form recently, tying for 15th, 37th and 32nd respectively in her past three events.

Smith began the third round at nine over after opening rounds of 80 and 73.

She had five consecutive pars before birdieing the par-five fifth.

She then bogeyed 10, 11 and 13, with a birdie on the par-four 12th.

World No.171 Smith, 85th on the money list with almost $86,000 in earnings, has missed a string of cuts this year.

Defending champion Pettersen had three early bogeys before registering three birdies and a bogey to finish with a four-stroke lead over Spain's Azahara Munoz.

One of Pettersen's bogeys came on the par-three second - which she aced on Friday.

Munoz fired a 69 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club to climb the leaderboard.

Korean Sun Young Yoo and Spain's Carlota Ciganda were joint third at two under following the third round.



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