Poitier and Coe tied for top at the Women’s Trust Golf Scottish Open | LPGA

The weather was much better than expected on transition day at the Women’s Trust Golf Scottish Open, and Frenchwoman Céline Potier took full advantage of a slightly windy day in Ayrshire. Potier started the day with four shots on 36-hole leader Lydia Coe and shot 5-under 67 on Saturday to maintain his share of the lead with one round left over Dundonald Links. She did a five-bird card on the front nine, including three in a row on numbers 5-7, and scored one bogey and one birdie on the back nine to declare a total of 201 three days, her third lowest 54-hole total on the LPGA Tour. It’s Poitier’s fourth time to hold the lead or co-lead through three rounds and in the previous three cases he’s won only once, at the 2021 ShopRite LPGA Classic.

“It was a very strong day. The front started really strong and it helped me relax a little bit,” Potier said of her 67. “He had a lot of opportunities, and he took advantage of some of them. I really like the links of golf and playing in windy conditions. I feel like my ride The ball is very low so I never find it difficult to keep it low which is an advantage here because the ball doesn’t get affected much. I have some good memories of when I played well in the past, which is always helpful.”

Coe wasn’t as satisfied with her Saturday play as Potier. The Kiwi fired 1-under 71, a day up and down that saw her make three stealths and four birds, with a slide in two on the third 15 serving as a highlight of the tour. The flat stick seemed to cause Koe the most trouble in the third round because she needed 33 times to get the job done at Dundonald Links, causing her to say the hole “wasn’t so obvious” on the green at times. But it is still the 17th time she has held the lead or shared the lead with her 54 holes, and given that she has won eight times in 16 previous instances, the odds seem to be tilting sharply in her favour.

“I think I drove it a little better than I did in the past few days. Coe, who hit nine of 14 lanes and 16 of 18 greens on Saturday, said Coe, who hit nine of 14 lanes and 16 of 18 greens on Saturday.” I know it wasn’t the best golf I played, but I managed to scramble. I don’t think it was as bad as I think, and I think because I’ve had two really low runs, it makes me compare more to the last few days. Look at the hole on the greens, in a few tomorrow.”

Germany’s Leonie Harm and Epson Tour graduate Maude-Aimee Leblanc sit in a tie for third at -14, after just one shot from Coe and Poitier. Harm was disappointed when she had her first bogey of the week at 5 par-5, but managed to shake it off and bounce back, making sparrows at number 5 and 9, then finishing her 5-under 67 with four birds in her last five holes.

“It was a bit of a rough start. I had some even saves on the lead nine and couldn’t really hit it as close as I used to from the previous days, and then I had this bogey on the three which set me back a little bit,” said Harm, who was five out of The top spot for the second time ever on the LPGA Tour. “But luckily I had the ability to turn it around with good saves in 7 and 8 and long flying shots in 9. Yes, I had a great finish, 4 under in the last five, so I’m really happy with that.

Three-time Epson Tour winner Lilia Fu and Korean champion Eun Hye Ji finished fifth at -13, with American Cheyenne Knight and sponsor Wichani Michai spared by one shot behind at -12 in the tie to finish seventh. Four players are T9’s at -11, including six-time LPGA Tour winner Nasa Hataoka and 2022 HSBC Women’s World Championship winner Heo Joo Kim.

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