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Kraft Nabisco: Everyone must chase Yani Tseng on Sunday

April 2, 2011 |  5:33 pm


Yani Tseng made her golf game resemble target practice Saturday. She shot a third-round 66, which was the low round of the day. She is 12-under par for the tournament, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which is considered the equivalent of the women's Masters since it has been played on the same course, Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, for the past 40 years.

It is the first major of the year on the LPGA Tour, and Tseng, a 22-year-old from Taiwan, is the defending champion and seems determined to be a two-in-a-row winner. She had begun the day three shots behind her playing partner and second-round leader, Stacy Lewis, but ate up that deficit by the time she birdied the seventh hole, her third birdie of the day.

Tseng took over the lead by herself for good with a birdie on the 10th hole. Tseng had six birdies, no bogeys and now has a two-shot lead over Lewis, who shot a respectable 71 Saturday.

Lewis will have to match shots again with Tseng on Sunday in the final round.

Also chasing will be 2007 champion Morgan Pressel, who shot a 69 Saturday and is four back of Tseng, and Michelle Wie, who is alone in fourth place, five shots behind the leader. That deficit might have been four had Wie not missed a two-footer for par in the 17th hole. Pressel and Wie will play in the second-to-last group.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Yani Tseng launches her drive at No. 16 on Saturday during the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images