RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson topped the leaderboard Saturday after three rounds of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Tour’s first major tournament of the year.
The 24-year-old Wie shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 to match Thompson at 10-under 206 at Mission Hills.
“I think Lexi is a really entertaining golfer,” Wie said. “I like to think I’m somewhat entertaining as well. So, I think the both of us paired together is great. I think it’s great for the Tour, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The 19-year-old Thompson (69) missed a 3-foot par putt on the par-5 18th hole. She missed two short birdie putts on the front nine.
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“Not the ending I wanted,” Thompson said. “I’m getting looks at birdies and just waiting for a few more to drop.”
Charley Hull (66), an 18-year-old from England, and five-time major champion Se Ri Pak (71) of South Korea were at 8 under.
Jimin Kang (74), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, was tied for 47th place at 3 over.
Kuchar leads by 4 strokes
HUMBLE, Texas – Matt Kuchar, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to take a four-stroke lead in the Shell Houston Open.
Kuchar was at 15-under 201 at the Golf Club of Houston.
Cameron Tringale (69) and Sergio Garcia (73) were tied for second place at 11 under for 54 holes.
Michael Putnam (73), who is from University Place, was tied for 23rd at 3 under and Kyle Stanley (74) of Gig Harbor was tied for 53rd at 1 over.
Last Sunday, Kuchar had a final-round 75 and settled for a tie for fourth in the Valero Texas Open.
“It’s a nice position to have played well last week, to have been in the last group with a chance to win and again to come back this week, completely different course, and have another shot to win,” Kuchar said.