KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Morgan Pressel moved into position for her first LPGA Tour victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the Kapalua LPGA Classic.
The 20-year-old Pressel, Kapalua’s touring pro, was tied with Brittany Lang (71), Carin Koch (68), Jee Young Lee (70) at 5-under 211.
Pressel missed an easy opportunity to move to 6 under for the outright lead when she lipped out a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole. She slapped herself on the rear and threw her putter onto her golf bag in disgust as she walked off the green.
“It’s hard to walk off the last hole like that,” Pressel said. “I just missed it. Nothing else to say about that.”
There was a traffic jam at the top with 16 players within three shots of the lead.
Sun Young Yoo, Laura Diaz and Il Mi Chung shot 71s and were one stroke off the lead along with first-round leader Suzann Pettersen (72). Heather Young (67), Cristie Kerr (70) and Alena Sharp (72) were 3 under.
Conditions at the hilly, pine tree-lined Bay Course were windy, causing problems around the greens. However, the trades were not as strong as the two previous rounds, allowing for more birdie chances.