Yani Tseng has 3-stroke lead in Kia Classic

Yani Tseng reacts to the crowd after finishing on the 18th hole during the third round of the Kia Classic.

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Top-ranked Yani Tseng remained in position for her second straight LPGA tour title and third in five events this year, shooting a bogey-free 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Kia Classic.

Tseng missed a 5-foot birdie try on the par-5 17th, then saved par with an 8-foot putt on the par-4 18th to finish at 12-under 204 on La Costa's Legends Course

The 23-year-old Taiwanese star won the LPGA Founders Cup last week in Phoenix for her 14th LPGA tour title, and also won the LPGA Thailand in February. She led the tour last season with seven victories – including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open – and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles.

South Korea's Jiyai Shin was second after a 68.

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