Jodi Ewart Shadoff stays in contention at LPGA Volvik Championship

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff is just two shots off the lead after carding a three-under 69 in the third round of the LPGA Volvik Championship in Michigan.

The 30-year-old is in a group of four players tied for second on 10 under, behind Australian leader Minjee Lee, who hit a blemish-free third round, notching up four birdies on her way to a four-under 68.

Ewart Shadoff has been absent from the tour for a month due to a back injury, but an eagle and three birdies helped to mitigate three bogeys on 10th, 11 and 16.

She told the LPGA website: “I had a hole out on number four which really got my round going. I holed some decent putts, a couple of iffy drives in the middle of the round, but a couple of birdies at the end so overall it was pretty decent.”

Joining her on 10-under par overall were Americans Stacy Lewis and Lindy Duncan, and In-Kyung-Kim, of South Korea.

England’s Bronte Hull, tied in sixth place, posted a round of 69 to sit on nine-under, a bogey on the par-four 13th the only fumble of her day.

Compatriot Georgia Hall is tied in 11th on eight-under par, while Charley Hull is in joint 42nd on three-under.

“I had a pretty solid day today, made no bogeys,” said Lee, who is seeking a fourth LPGA title and her first since 2016. She finished second in this event by a stroke last year.

Although play was halted for more than two hours by rain, Lee said the greens firmed up by the time she finished her round.

“I think just keeping it in play was pretty important today,” she said.

Japanese 19-year-old Nasa Hataoka, who held a one-stroke overnight lead, made a promising start with a birdie at the second, then had five bogeys before back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 to post a two-over 74. That left her tied for 15th, five shots off the pace.

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