Golf-South Korean Kim takes three-shot lead at ANA Inspiration

Sat Apr 4, 2015 10:40pm EDT
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(Reuters) - South Korea's Kim Sei-young picked up two late birdies to break three shots clear of Stacy Lewis after the third round of the ANA Inspiration in California on Saturday.

Kim, in the hunt for her first LPGA major, was part of a three-way tie for the lead late in the day with Lewis and Morgan Pressel but moved ahead as her American rivals faded over the closing holes.

The South Korean carded a 69 for a 10-under-par total at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, while Lewis (68) was alone in second on seven-under after two late bogeys.

Pressel (71) also had two late bogeys to fall four shots off the pace, equal third with compatriot Brittany Lincicome and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn.

Kim, a five-time winner on the Korean Tour, admitted she would be very nervous in the final round, when strong winds are forecast to buffet the course.

"Those two birdies give me a wider lead going into tomorrow, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it gives me less pressure or gives me more confidence," the 22-year-old told reporters.

"I don't think I've ever won a tournament leading the final round.

"Back in Korea when I was playing on the Korean Tour, I was known for coming from behind and winning tournaments. But to be in the lead going into the final round on the LPGA is fairly new for me."

Kim has already won once this year in her rookie season as an LPGA member, at the Bahamas Classic in February.   Continued...