Salas vaults into Kingsmill Championship lead
Williamsburg, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Lizette Salas fired a 6-under 65 on Saturday to vault into a 3-stroke lead at the Kingsmill Championship.
Salas, who is seeking her first career win on the LPGA Tour, finished 54 holes at Kingsmill Resort & Spa at 13-under-par 200.
"I took a different approach this week," said Salas. "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."
Second-round leader Hee Young Park carded a 2-under 69 during her third round to fall into second place at 10-under 203, while Stacy Lewis (70), Lydia Ko (67) and Katherine Kirk (68) shared third at minus-8.
Lewis and Ko can each claim the world No. 1 ranking with a win this week.
Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng (68), Lexi Thompson (70) and Pornanong Phatlum (66) are tied for sixth at 7-under.
The second round was completed Saturday morning due to a lengthy weather delay on Friday, and Park held a 1-stroke lead at the start of the third round.
She opened the third round with a birdie at the first to move to 9-under, but Lewis also birdied the first to remain a shot off the pace.
Salas then jumped into a share of the lead with back-to-back birdies at the second and third before Kirk made it a three-way tie for the lead with four birdies over her first five holes.
Park broke out of the pack with a birdie at the fifth, but Salas answered with a birdie at the sixth to also reach 10-under.
Salas was handed the outright lead when Park bogeyed the 12th, and Salas moved two clear with a birdie at the 14th, moving her to minus-11.
Park would get no closer than that from there and after they both picked up shots at the 15th and 17th, Park tripped to a bogey at the last to fall to 10- under and hand Salas a 3-stroke lead heading into the final round.
"I felt really good." Salas said. "Yes, I was quite nervous coming down the stretch, Hee Young was knocking it close to the pin. But I felt good. I felt relaxed most importantly. I was just trying to smile as much as possible."
NOTES: Lewis can also claim the No. 1 ranking with a solo second-place finish and Ko does not win ... When Paula Creamer failed to make the cut at the end of the second round, it was the first time she failed to make the cut since the 2010 Safeway Classic. Creamer had gone 82 consecutive tournaments between cuts ... Pat Hurst recorded a hole-in-one at the 17th.
05/17 21:11:47 ET