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Kraft Nabisco Championship: Tseng pulls even with Lewis

April 2, 2011 |  3:07 pm

Yani-tseng_300 It took Yani Tseng seven holes to wipe out her three-shot deficit to Stacy Lewis during the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the year on the LPGA Tour.

Tseng, the defending champion and world No. 1, has birdied the second, fourth and seventh holes so far Saturday. Tseng is playing with Lewis, who has needed a steady dose of two- and three-foot par putts to remain even for the day and nine under par for the tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

Morgan Pressel, winner here in 2007; Brittany Lincicome, winner here in 2009; former UCLA golfer Jane Park and Angela Stanford, who is five under on the day through 16 holes, are tied for third at five under.

Michelle Wie is where she was at the start of the day, tied for eighth, even par so far today and three under overall. Wie birdied the par-five second hole, bogeyed the sixth and is pretty much running in place so far in her quest to win her first major.

One new name on the leaderboard is 33-year-old Se Ri Pak, winner of 25 events in her career, five  of them majors but no Kraft Nabisco titles. Pak, whose best finish here was a tie for ninth in 2002, is three under for the day and for the tournament, tied with Wie and Amy Yang for eighth. Pak was the youngest woman inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame when she made it in November of 2007 at the age of 30 years and one month.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Yani Tseng hits out of a greenside bunker at No. 1 during the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Saturday. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press