Lydia Ko leads New Zealand Women's Open by 1 stroke

Lydia Ko watches the flight of her ball from the first tee during the third round of the LPGA Coates Golf Championship at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla. on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (Bruce Ackerman/Star-Banner via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Lydia Ko will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Women's Open after shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday.

The South Korean-born New Zealander, who is defending her national title, started the day in a tie for fifth after an opening 69. On Saturday, she had six birdies and a bogey which moved her one shot ahead of Justine Dreher of France, who shot 70.

The 18-year-old Ko has a 36-hole total of 8-under 136 at Clearwater Golf Club in the 54-hole tournament co-sanctioned by the European Ladies Tour and Australian Ladies PGA.

Dreher is a shot ahead of Pamela Pretswell (70) of Scotland and Denmark's Emily Kristine Pedersen (66) and Nanna Koerstz Madsen (68), who are two strokes behind and tied for third.

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