Khang, seeking back-to-back wins, leads the way in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Megan Khang finished with an 18-foot birdie putt for her third straight 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Portland Classic in an attempt to win for the second straight week.

The 25-year-old American was on top at Columbia Edgewater six days after winning the CPKC Women’s Open at Shaughnessy in Vancouver, British Columbia, for her first LPGA Tour victory. Columbia Edgewater and Shaughnessy are both designed by AV Macan and feature towering trees.

“The game feels pretty solid,” Khang said. “I think last week definitely helped build some confidence knowing that I can win out here. It’s not just if it’s going to happen or when it’s going to happen, but if it’s happened, then it is definitely a great feeling to have under your belt.”

Hyo Joon Jang by South Korea and Monday qualifier Chanettee Wannasaen of Thailand was second.

The 20-year-old Jang, ranked 488th in the world, shot a 62. She had 11 birdies and one bogey.

“I wasn’t really counting birdies,” Jang said. “I focused more on the present.”

The 19-year-old Wannasa, who was ranked number 367, had a 65.

The Wannasa has missed nine straight cuts in LPGA Tour play. She lost a playoff to Yue Ren last week in Idaho in the Epson Tour’s Circling Raven Championship.

“Monday’s qualification really means a lot to me because like I got more confident before playing in the tournament,” Wannasaen said. “Because Monday’s qualifiers, I’m playing really well.”

Khang played the back nine in 5-under 31 to get to 18 under.

“Just going to try it, take what I learned last week into this week and I think it’s a one-shot lead,” Khang said. “So it’s definitely a lot closer and there’s a ton of people. I know you can shoot low and so it’s going to be anybody’s game out there I feel like.”

Carlota Ciganda by Spain was fourth at 15 under after a 66. Xiyu Lin (66) was at 14 under with Atthaya Thitikul (67), Ruoning Yin (68) and Gina Kim (68).

Perrine Delacour, the leader after each of the first two rounds, had a 75 to drop into a tie for 16th at 11 under. After opening with bogey-free rounds of 63 and 67, she opened and closed with double bogeys on Saturday. She also had three bogeys and just two birdies.

Columbia Edgewater member Caroline Inglis was tied for 58th at 5-under after a 75. The former University of Oregon player lives across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.

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