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McPherson shoots a 70 to grab lead at Mission Hills

REUTERS , RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA

Candie Kung of Taiwan plays her tee shot at the sixth hole during the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, California, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AFP

Kristy McPherson of the US, boosted by three consecutive birdies from the 10th, held her nerve to snatch a one-shot lead after Saturday’s third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

On a difficult day for scoring at a sun-baked Mission Hills Country Club, the 27-year-old shot a two-under 70.

Hunting her first LPGA Tour title in her third year on the circuit, the pony-tailed McPherson just missed a birdie putt at the par-five last to post an eight-under total of 208.

Former US Women’s Open champion Cristie Kerr carded a matching 70 to lie second with first-round leader Brittany Lincicome (70) a further stroke back at six-under.

Mexican world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa, eight strokes off the pace overnight, birdied the last for a 72 and a two-over total of 218. Taiwan’s Yani Tseng shot a three-over 75 and Candie Kung shot a two-over 74 and both are tied for 20th place on 219.

It was another day to forget, though, for American teenager Michelle Wie after a second successive 81.

The 19-year-old Hawaiian drove out-of-bounds on the opening hole and hit only five fairways out of 14 to finish at 17-over 233.

■HOUSTON OPEN

REUTERS, HOUSTON, TEXAS

Bo Van Pelt of the US took a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Houston Open on Saturday, before darkness fell and third-round play was suspended.

Van Pelt followed birdies at the second and fourth holes with two more at the par-three seventh and par-five eighth to stand four-under for the day and 11-under in total.

Knotted at 10-under were former champion Fred Couples, who had completed 10 holes, Briton Paul Casey and Americans Tommy Armour III and rookie Colt Knost, all through eight.

■PORTUGAL OPEN

AFP, ESTORIL, PORTUGAL

Paul Broadhurst will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Portugal Open, but it was Maarten Lafeber’s remarkable round of 64 that dominated Saturday’s third round.

The 43-year-old Broadhurst carded a 67 to stand at seven-under, with Lafeber, Jamie Donaldson and David Lynn all tucked in behind.

Lafeber completed the back nine in 28 shots, just short of equaling the European Tour record of 27.

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