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Davies Leads Japan Women’s Golf

October 9, 1999

YOKOSHIBA, Japan (AP) _ Laura Davies struggled to a 4-over-par 76 Saturday, yet extended her lead in the Takara Invitational to three strokes because her nearest pursuers also were troubled by strong, swirling winds.

The English player began the round with a two-stroke lead. She had two birdies, four bogeys and one double-bogey on a miserable day for golf with winds gusting above 20 mph.

The third round left her 3-under at 213, three shots ahead of compatriot Janice Moodie and four others _ Fuki Kido, Mitsuko Kawasaki, Midori Yoneyama and South Korean Kim Man-soo.

The sunny, windy weather sent scores soaring. Only two of 52 players broke par.

Kawasaki, yet to win in two years as a pro, shared the day’s lowest round of 71. She moved up from 17th place.

Moodie shot a 73, and Yoneyama a 77. Kido and Kim carded 74s.

Liselotte Neumann of Sweden shot 75 to stand another stroke back at 217.

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