Kerr trails Yang by 3 at Tour Championship

Cristie Kerr during the third round of the LPGA Tour Championship at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Cristie Kerr during the third round of the LPGA Tour Championship at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Cristie Kerr is making a move to become the first American in 16 years to win LPGA player of the year, trailing leader Amy Yang by three strokes entering the final round of the LPGA Tour Championship.

Kerr shot a 1-under 71 for the third straight round Saturday to put her in a tight pack at Grand Cypress Golf Club where anybody under par is in contention. She is the only one to shoot under par in all three rounds.

Kerr could become the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to claim the LPGA’s most prestigious annual award. She needs nothing short of victory to unseat points leader Yani Tseng.

Yang (73) has led all three rounds. Maria Hjorth (71) is one shot back of Yang and also will look to derail Kerr’s bid.

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