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Monday, December 30, 2013

Henderson, Lee remain tied, Paratore retains lead

By David Mackintosh
Golfing Traveller

CORAL GABLES, Florida — Going into today’s final round Italy’s Renato Paratore leads the Boys Division by two strokes at 8-under par, Canada’s Brooke Henderson and first-round leader Soyoung Lee remain tied at even-par, much of the day’s outcome the result of double-bogeys the penultimate hole.

Paratore pulled his drive into left-hand water, then adding his first three-putt of the championship. Henderson decided to take on an “iffy” lie from right-hand trees at 180yds out and didn’t quite pull it off, thus offering rivals a much clearer sight of the main prize.

In the Boys, these include Germany’s Domenic Foos who repeated his second round 68, moving him to solo second place, with Chile’s Guillermo Pereira and Venezuela’s Jorge García one shot further back at 5-under par.

In the Girls, first round leader Soyoung Lee equalled Brooke Henderson’s 73, fighting back strongly after a double-bogey at the 15th with birdies at 16 and 17.

Linnea Ström was the only girl to break 70 on a day of occasional rain sputters but virtually no wind, her 69 vaulting the young Swede into solo third, a stroke ahead of US’ Megan Khang.

Paratore was 9 under overall going into the 17th and give him full credit, after that double, he valiantly birdied the 18th to gain that two shot advantage.

The underlying feature of the day was the difficulty everyone had on the greens. Foos and Pereira both hit 16 greens in regulation and although Foos made three birdies early, after that it was a dry run home.

Pereira counted back his 34 putts, shook his head and said: “I had another solid ball-striking day but that putts-number never means a really good round. The hardest for me is when the slope goes one way and the grain goes in the opposite direction. I end up by having to guess the line, not a good thing.”

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