Belen Mozo of Spain leads the New Zealand Women’s Open, but Brooke Henderson from Canada is very close behind at Windross Farm Golf Course.
Belen & Brooke / getty
Belen held onto the New Zealand Women’s Open lead with a third round -1 under par. 71, to top the leaderboard at -15 under par. But one shot back at -14 under is Brooke, who carded -5 under 67 today.
Belen admitted it was a grind out there today, after yesterdays magic round;
“It was a grind-out day for sure. I had to talk to my caddie in the middle of the round because obviously I couldn’t compare the golf I was playing today with the golf that I played yesterday under perfect conditions.”
“I was able to manage bad shots better than yesterday, and converted a not-so-good round into an under-par round, so that’s fine.”
“It was a tough day out there and I feel like sometimes I played too safe and it was costing me.”
“I was very happy when I converted those long birdies when I missed a shot.”
Brooke was happy with her score in tough conditions;
“I am extremely happy with my five under, especially with no bogeys on the card because it was really tough conditions, with the wind really picking up especially on our back nine.”
“My chipping was probably the key today. I got up and down a bunch of times especially early in the round that kept me in it.”
“I have played really well in all three rounds this week and I have some good momentum going into tomorrow.”
“I am excited to be in the spot I am in right now and hopefully I can go out tomorrow and make a lot more birdies and see what happens.”
Tied in third place are Brittany Lincicome USA, -6 under 66 today; and Jing Yan of China, -3 under 69, both ladies at -11 under par for the tournament.
Brittany and rain are not the best of friends, and rain is forecast tomorrow;
“The golf course sets up for my game. I can bomb it on most holes and not get into too much trouble or I can hit three wood and still get it down there.”
“It just depends on the weather tomorrow.”
“I like to think I am good under the pressure of weather, but me and wet weather are not the best of friends, so hopefully it will pass through like it did today with a couple of showers.”
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