Inbee Park takes LPGA lead in Mexico
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Inbee Park moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
The South Korean player had a 15-under 201 total at Guadalajara Country Club. She won the Evian Masters in France in July and the LPGA Malaysia last month and leads the LPGA tour money list, with $2,178,223.
Park also is trying to catch Stacy Lewis in the points race for LPGA Player of the Year, but has to win Sunday and next week in the season-ending Titleholders to have any chance to pass Lewis, who is No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings, behind Yani Tseng.
Cristie Kerr was second after a 67.
So Yeon Ryu was third at 12 under after a 67. Second-round leader Angela Stanford was another stroke back after a 72, and Karine Icher had a 69 to reach 9 under.
Lewis, coming off her tour-leading fourth victory of the year last week in Japan, was tied for sixth at 8 under with Michelle Wie, Candie Kung and Hee Kyung Seo. Trying to become the first U.S. player of the year since Beth Daniel in 1994, Lewis shot a 71. Wie followed her second-round 75 with a 67, Kung had a 71, and Seo shot 69.
Suzann Pettersen, coming off consecutive victories in South Korea and Taiwan, was 4 under after a 68.
Ochoa was 3 under after a 70. The Mexican star won 27 LPGA titles before retiring at age 28 in 2010. She missed the event last year before the birth of son Pedro in December.
Tseng was 1 over after a 76.