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Kraft Nabisco Championship: Lewis' first birdie gives gets her lead back

April 2, 2011 |  3:49 pm

Stacy-lewis2_300 Stacy Lewis waited until the par-five ninth hole Saturday to make her first birdie but it was a beauty, a third shot knocked to about eight feet and a nerveless putt so Lewis, who has held at least part of the top spot since she tied Brittany Lincicome for the lead after the first round, has inched ahead of world No. 1 and defending Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Yani Tseng by one stroke.

As playing partners Lewis and Tseng head to the 10th hole, Lewis, 26, a four-time All-American at the University of Arkansas, is 10-under-par for the tournament, and one-under for the day. Tseng, of Taiwan, who had started off this round three shots behind Lewis, birdied the second, fourth and seventh holes to pull into a tie for the lead before her five on the ninth hole.

Streaking up to the third spot is 33-year-old veterean Angela Stanford, a Texan who has just posted a five-under 67 for her third round. Stanford, whose best major finish was a tie for second at the 2003 U.S. Open, is at five-under 211 through three rounds.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Stacy Lewis watches her tee shot at No. 3 on Saturday during the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Credit: David Cannon / Getty Images