Prattville, Ala. — South Korea's Mi Jung Hur birdied four of the last eight holes Saturday for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with Paula Reto in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
"Beginning of the round my putting wasn't that good," Hur said. "But after nine holes, my putting gets better and better, so I had a low score."
Reto, the second-round leader, birdied three of the final five holes for a 70 to match Hur at 15-under 201 on Capitol Hill's links-style Senator layout.
"I didn't start too well," said Reto, a former Purdue player from South Africa. "I had a couple bogeys and a double there, but I kept patient and just focused on one shot at a time and it kind of helped me out toward the end of the round."
Hur won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2009, and Reto is winless in her rookie season.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis and Kris Tamulis were tied for third at 11 under. Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, had a 70.
"For the way I played, the score ended up pretty good," said Lewis, the tour leader with three victories this year. "I didn't play well. It was kind of a struggle all day and just had to work pretty hard to shoot what I did. But I'm still within striking distance, still have a chance for tomorrow, which that was the goal going into the week."
Tamulis shot 65, the best round of the day.
"I wasn't really trying to chase anybody," Tamulis said. "Didn't have a great middle of my round yesterday, so I was just going out there. I had some really good numbers today and was able to just kind of go for it."
Reto rebounded from her double bogey on the par-3 seventh with birdies on the next two holes.
"I wasn't kind of where I wanted to be with my mental and stuff," said Reto, who started playing golf at 16 in 2005 when she moved to Florida with her family "So, I just took a couple seconds to myself just to rethink everything, just kind of stayed in there."
They will play in the same group again Sunday.
Fred Funk shot a 10-under 62 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Paul Goydos in the Hawaii Championship in Kapolei.
Funk had 11 birdies and a bogey at Kapolei Golf Club. Goydos shot a 63 to match Funk at 15-under 129.
Corey Pavin and Vijay Singh were 13 under. Pavin birdied the last five holes for a 61, and Singh shot 65.
Tom Pernice Jr., the first-round leader after a 60, was in the group at 12 under after a 72.
Davis Love III followed his opening 69 with a 72 to drop into a tie for 57th at 3 under in his Champions Tour debut. The 20-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 in April.
Derek Fathauer shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Zac Blair in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Fathauer has already earned a PGA Tour card with a top-25 finish on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list. The 28-year-old former Louisville player had a 12-under 198 total on TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course.
Blair, needing to earn about $40,000 for a PGA Tour card, shot a 71. Jason Gore was third at 10 under after a 66.
Lake Orion's Tom Gillis, trying to get back on Tour, shot a 70, and is tied for eighth.
Joost Luiten birdied three of his closing four holes in a 6-under 65 for a two-shot lead on day three of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor in Newport.
The three-time European Tour winner came from a stroke back at the start of Saturday's third round to overhaul Ireland's Shane Lowry and move to a total of 14-under 199 in ideal scoring conditions on the Twenty-Ten course.