WOODBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) _ Chris Johnson shot a 2-over-par 74 Saturday, but managed to take a one- stroke lead at 7-under-par 209, after three rounds of the $353,000 LPGA du Maurier Classic.
Going into the final round Sunday of the 72-hole event, the fourth and final of the Grand Slam tournaments on the LPGA’s tour - defending champion Pat Bradley was tied with Betsy King for second place at at 6-under, 210.
Nancy Scranton, who shot a 64 on Friday on the par-72, 6,107-yard Board of Trade Golf Club course for the lead, collapsed after a triple-bogey 7 on the ninth and finished with a six-over-par 78 and was three shots behind the leader.
″I didn’t even know what Pat had done until after we finished,″ said Johnson, who had shot a 67 and 68 in the first two rounds.
Johnson said her putting, which had salvaged some holes for her in the previous two rounds, let her down Saturday after brief rain showers.
″Maybe the rain had something to do with it, but I couldn’t convince myself to hit through the ball,″ she said of her putts.
″I just couldn’t get anything going after the fifth hole,″ Bradley said.
She added that her patience has started to pay off since she went four-over on the first nine holes on Thursday.
″I just kept telling myself that people out there are making putts so just stay patient,″ Bradley said.
However, while the momentum of the tournament has swung her way, Bradley said it’s something she’ll have to maintain ″if I’m going to make anything out of it.
″Others are making birdies because this is a very scoreable course. But I like my chances very much.″
The top Canadian heading into the final round is Barb Bunkowsky, whose 3- under-par 69 followed two earlier rounds of 73. She was at 215, two shots ahead of Nancy White.