World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan fired a five-under par 67 yesterday and gained a five-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Championship. She is shooting for a fourth major title.
Tseng, was leading the year’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco, after 54 holes last April but fired a 74 and lost to American Stacy Lewis.
Entering the final round, 22-year-old Tseng stood on 13-under par 203 with Americans Morgan Pressel and Cindy Lacrosse sharing second on 208 and South Korean Hee Young Park fourth on 210.
A pack sharing fifth on 211 included South Korean Meena Lee and Americans Lewis, Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr, who matched Tseng for the day’s low round. Creamer fired 18 pars to stay in the hunt.
Tseng could complete a career Grand Slam at next month’s US Women’s Open after winning last year’s Kraft Nabisco and Women’s British Open crowns and the 2008 LPGA Championship.
Tseng could become the first player since retired Mexican star Lorena Ochoa in 2008 to win a major after capturing the prior regular LPGA event, having won the LPGA State Farm Classic two weeks ago, her seventh career LPGA crown.
Tseng also won her first four events of the year, the first in Taiwan, the next two in Australia and the LPGA season opener in Thailand.