Boutier leads by 1 as Jutanugarn falters

(AP Photo/Matt York)

GOLD CANYON, Ariz. (AP) Celine Boutier of France had an eagle and six birdies in a round of 7-under 65 and moved atop the leaderboard when Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand stumbled down the stretch in Saturday's third round of the LPGA Drive on Championship.

Boutier, a 29-year-old two-time tour winner, made an eagle 3 on the par-5 second hole and added two birdies that offset a bogey at the par-3 eighth. She played the back nine in 4 under for a 16 under total and a one-stroke lead over three others heading into Sunday's final round.

“I feel like I had a lot of birdie opportunities today,” she said. “I didn’t even make all of them, but I feel like because I was playing really steady and focusing on hitting good shots and having the birdie chances, I feel like I made a few.”


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2 Nelly Korda $315,835
3 Lilia Vu $279,995
4 Brooke Henderson $239,265
5 Maja Stark $238,641
6 Charley Hull $169,722
7 Natthakritta Vongtaveelap $157,780
8 Atthaya Thitikul $151,997
9 Danielle Kang $139,187
10 Yuka Saso $137,860
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