Chella Choi chips the ball during the third round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club. Pix by USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO: South Korea’s Chella Choi and American Danielle Kang, each seeking her first major title, both birdied the 18th hole to share the lead after Saturday’s third round of the Women’s PGA Championship.

Choi fired a three-under par 67 while Kang shot 68 to leave both on 10-under 203 after 54 holes at Olympia Fields near Chicago in the second major tournament of the LPGA season.

Choi, a 26-year-old from Daegu, won her only LPGA crown at the 2015 Marathon Classic. Her best finish in any major was a share of fifth at this event in 2013.

Kang, a 24-year-old from San Francisco, managed her best major finish with a share of 14th at the 2012 US Women’s Open. The two-time US Women’s Amateur champion had her best LPGA finish of third in 2013.

South Korea’s Shin Ji-Yai was third on 205 with defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada fourth on 206 and South Koreans Amy Yang and Kim Sei-Young sharing fifth on 207.

Choi opened and closed her bogey-free round with birdies on par-5 holes, adding birdied at the par-4 eighth and 14th holes.

Kang, who shared the lead with Kim when the day began, birdied all three par-5 holes – the first, last and sixth – while matching Choi’s birdies on eight and 14 as well. But she stumbled with bogeys at the par-4 third and par-4 16th.--AFP

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