Korda and Ko in high stakes LPGA duel

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Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko are part of a four-way tie for the lead going into the final round of the LPGA Tour season, with nothing less than $US1.5 million and LPGA player of the year honours on the line.

Ko started pouring in putts from everywhere and ran off seven straight birdies that helped her make up a six-shot deficit and carried her to a six-under 66 at the Tour Championship in Naples, Florida on Saturday.

Korda followed by overpowering the par 5s on the Tiburon course back nine for a 67 to get back in the game.

They were tied with Celine Boutier of France, who started with a four-shot lead and posted a 72, and Nasa Hataoka of Japan who had the low round of a windblown day at 64.

They were at 14-under 202, setting up a final day bursting with possibilities.

Australia's Minjee Lee is still in the reckoning, tied 10th and four shots behind the leaders after a 71, with countrywoman Su Oh (70) three strokes further adrift and Hannah Green (70) another shot away.

Gaby Lopez of Mexico (69) is one shot off the lead along with Mina Harigae (69).

The winner gets $US1.5 million, the largest prize in women's golf, and there's even more at stake for the LPGA Tour's two best players this year.

Korda and Ko each have four wins - one of those was a major for Korda, along with an Olympic gold medal that doesn't count on the LPGA. Korda has a 10-point lead in the race for player of the year, meaning Ko likely would have to win to surpass her.

None of that seems to faze Korda.

"It's for other people," Korda said of how the stage is set for the LPGA finale. "I'm just out there to do my job, taking a shot at a time, and see where it takes me. That's all you can do."

Ko has been dealing with a nagging injury to the inside of her left wrist since May. It hurts mostly on a full swing with the driver, and she kept it at this week because it's the last event of the year.

"I'm doing well right now and I got a lot of birdies today - yesterday, too," Ko said. "So I hope tomorrow will be more birdies. We'll see what happens."

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