Lindberg takes three-shot lead at ANA Inspiration

Monday, 02 Apr, 2018

"Even though there were a couple things that I missed, but overall just had a great round".

Wie joked after her first round that blurred vision had left her seeing several balls as she stood over some shots. "It's just finishing what you start, and never giving up". Let's just have fun.

In that final pairing, Lindberg and Olson will be right behind Inbee Park, the Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medal victor. The 31-year-old Swede had the first-round lead at 65, and was the only player without a bogey the first two days. She shot a 64 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Lindberg. "I'm collecting so much experience, getting more and more ready to be in this situation and every time there feeling more comfortable".

Lindberg broke the tournament 54-hole mark at 14-under 202.

Thompson missed five putts inside four feet, four of them to the right side.

The highlight of her round came at the final hole as she hit a superb approach shot to four feet and confidently drained the putt to open up a three-shot cushion ahead of Sunday's final round.

African American professional golfer Mariah Stackhouse said the high cost of playing the game remained the primary reason for the lack of diversity in the sport. "I really think that anybody can win".

Inbee Park was seven shots off the lead coming into the third round - not an insurmountable deficit at this event, as Karrie Webb proved in 2006 by coming from seven shots back to win. She'll need more of the same on Sunday, especially if there's more of a crowd presence to amp-up the atmosphere.

"I just sat down every chance I could", Wie said. "I've been on Tour long enough to still be in a lot of heated moments". Probably the best I've seen it, and the greens are ideal.

Rickie Fowler birdied three of the first four holes to move into the lead before he faltered with a double bogey and a triple bogey.

Thompson, for her part, was not almost so sharp as she was to start the week, when she carded her sole bogey on the last hole and needed just 28 putts.

"I've been in a little trouble two weeks ago, and then trying to get back to what I should feel and work on that a lot".

American Jessica Korda (68) was best of the rest on nine-under. Last week: Eun-Hee Ji won the Kia Classic.

"Obviously it's going to be different", she said. "That's the difference out here".

Meanwhile, "moving day" was busy, with third-year pro Amy Olson of North Dakota sneaking into second place alone at 11-under 205 with a birdie on the last hole.

Stanford sophomore Albane Valenzuela was six under after a 71. "Today, I kind of kept adjusting that all day when I kept making birdies, and I even kind of upped my own number. I'm going to try to keep that putter hot". Zhang and Thitikul were tied for 34th at two under, and Vu was tied for 41st at 1 under. She won in 2011 at Mission Hills and lost a playoff to Brittany Lincicome in 2015.

Defending champion Ryu So-yeon (73), meanwhile, is languishing in a tie for 67th at two over the card.