Kraft Nabisco Championship: Lewis back in lead with Tseng [Updated]
Stacy Lewis, 26, a four-time All-American at the University of Arkansas, had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 and has scrambled back into a tie with third-round leader and defending champion Yani Tseng on Sunday afternoon through four holes of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
Tseng also birdied the par-five second hole but spent much of her trip out in the rough on the par-four fourth hole and ended up with a bogey five.
Coming up quickly had been 22-year-old Morgan Pressel, who won this tournament, considered the equivalent of the women's Masters since it is a major that has been played on the same course for 40 years, as an 18-year-old in 2007. Pressel was two under through the first five holes and had gotten to 10 under for the tournament, two shots behind the leaders.
But she just finished off a disastrous triple-bogey seven on the sixth hole when her second shot bounced off a tree and into the water. She took a seven on the par-four hole and is now seven under for the tournament, five behind the leaders.
Pressel's partner Sunday is Michelle Wie, who is even par so far. She got the large crowd going with a birdie on that par-five second hole but her inconsistency evident all week is still here as Wie bogeyed the fourth. She's six shots behind the co-leaders and that seems a bit much to make up. She's also tied with 33-year-old Angela Stanford.
-- Diane Pucin
Photo: Stacy Lewis hits out of a greenside bunker at No. 17 on Saturday during the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters