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Harukyo Nomura went 75-76 in the first two days and missed the cut. Lindberg bogeyed the par-3 17th and then hit a wedge to 5 feet to set up a birdie on the par-5 18th.

The leading duo had a substantial five-shot advantage over Englishwomen Jodi Ewart Shadoff (67) and Charley Hull (68) and American Amy Olson (68) with half the field back in the clubhouse. Olson did win 20 times at North Dakota State University and took the 2009 U.S. Girls Junior.

American Jessica Korda (68) was best of the rest on nine-under.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Journeyman pro Pernilla Lindberg appeared intent on maintaining her wire-to-wire romp in Saturday's third round of the LPGA's ANA Inspiration. Thitikul has shot two straight rounds of 71. She has also competed in several Ladies European Tour events and represented her country in the 2016 Olympic Golf Tournament. 1 and 6. The one on No. 6 was especially important since it followed her first bogey of the week on the previous hole.

Her performance now, she said, is fuelled by avocado toast.

"I don't know if I would say it's a relief", she said.

"I had to kind of save my pars today, but still a good round overall", the Swiss Olympian said.

Uehara, who was tied for second after her opening-round 66, had three birdies against two bogeys. She holed a 20-footer for birdie at the 14th to regain sole possession of the lead.

Thompson, for her part, was not almost so sharp as she was to start the week, when she carded her sole bogey on the last hole and needed just 28 putts.

"I said that to him before the round, 'How cool is this experience?'" Lindberg said. No matter what happens on Sunday, it has already been a week for the memory books. "Hopefully, I'll keep this putting going".

Lindberg made one clutch putt after another on the day, for birdies and pars.

Park, who shot 10 strokes higher on Saturday than her second round 64, hung in there until officials put the pair on the clock for slow play on the back nine.

Sung Hyun Park watches her shot on the second hole during the third round of the ANA Inspiration women's golf tournament at Mission Hills CC - Dinah Shore Tournament Course.

"It was rough out there", she said.

The round of the day was turned in by New Zealand's Minjee Lee, who shot an 8-under 64 to vault from 1-over to a tie for 12th place at 7-under.

The 42-year-old English veteran made the quarterfinals at last week's Dell Technologies Match Play to improve his world ranking to 51st - just missing the cutoff to move into the top 50 and earn an invitation to Augusta National, where he has never missed the cut in a dozen appearances.

"I've always been an overthinker", Wie said, adding that as a youngster she "just masked it well".

Lindberg was not fretting over her next-day strategy Friday night when she and her parents, visiting from Sweden, hopped into a gondola that took them to the summit of a nearby mountain, where they hiked around in the cooler temperatures.


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