Everything going right for Inbee Park in LPGA major
Even bad shots end up good at Kraft Nabisco Championship
The Associated Press
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Inbee Park's 7-iron tee shot Saturday on the 168-yard 17th hole turned to the left on a perfect line to the back-left pin, landed softly and rolled to 2 ½ feet for yet another birdie in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
The 24-year-old South Korean player, three strokes ahead with a round left in the first major championship of the year, admitted it wasn't quite the way she planned it after watching playing partner Lizette Salas' ball sail too far left and into a bunker.
"It was actually a little bit of a mis-shot," Park said. "I aimed a little more right, but I slightly pulled it and it ended up perfect."
Bogey-free in her last 22 holes at Mission Hills, Park shot her second consecutive 5-under 67 in tricky wind conditions to reach 12 under.
"I feel really good about my swing and the stroke at the moment," Park said. "I feel really comfortable around this golf course, too. That helps. Three good rounds, and I just need another one tomorrow."
Salas, a stroke behind Park entering the round, had a 69 to remain second.
Hall of Famer Karrie Webb was five strokes back at 6 under along with Suzann Pettersen, Angela Stanford, Jessica Korda, Karine Icher and Pornanong Phatlum. Stanford had a 66, the best round of the tournament.
Paige Mackenzie, a former Husky from Yakima, had a 76 and is tied for 67th at 7-over 223.
Horschel closes in
SAN ANTONIO — Billy Horschel overcame the strong Texas wind and is one round away from his first PGA Tour victory.
Horschel held off an experienced leaderboard Saturday to shoot 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round of the Texas Open.
Horschel, who also held the lead after the second round, battled through the gusting San Antonio wind to reach 10 under — two shots ahead of Jim Furyk and Charley Hoffman.
Richard H. Lee, a former Husky from Bellevue, had a 69 and is tied for 14th at 3-under 213. Jeff Gove of Kenmore is tied for 60th after a 75 for a 219 total. Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor had a 78 for a 222 total. He will earn a paycheck but won't play the final round.