LPGA: Lizette Salas three shots clear at Kingsmill Championship

Last Updated: 18/05/14 9:47am

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Lizette Salas: Three clear with 18 holes to play

Lizette Salas: Three clear with 18 holes to play

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Lizette Salas is on course for her first professional win after opening a three-shot lead going into the final round of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship.

California native Salas shot a six-under par 65 in Saturday's third round at the River Course in Williamsburg, Virginia, to open up a handy advantage on halfway leader Hee Young Park.

Salas returned to play the final seven holes of her second round in the morning and got within one stroke of the Korean, who had been able to finish her round before darkness hit the rain-affected tournament.

And her form in the third round continued with three birdies on either nine, eventually moving into the lead late on when she picked up shots at the 14th, 15th and 17th holes.

The 24-year-old had a breakthrough season in 2013 but failed to turn a series of top-10 finishes into a win, something she hopes to be able to do on Sunday.

"I took a different approach this week." Salas said. "I only played the pro am. I've seen the course several times. It's my third year here.

"I didn't want to think too much about the golf course and just hit my targets. Last week I had a good practice session at home, so I was feeling good coming in."

Park had an up-and-down third round of 69, but two costly bogeys on the back-nine mean she goes into the final 18 holes on the back-foot.

Teenage phenom Lydia Ko shot a 67 to move into a tie for third place with Katherine Kirk and world No 2 Stacy Lewis, who could dethrone Inbee Park from top spot with a win or solo second placed finish on Sunday.

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