Tseng surges into lead, Wie stays in contention


RANCHO MIRAGE – Defending champion Yani Tseng surged into the lead at the Kraft Nabisco Championship Saturday, firing a third-round 66 to move two shots ahead of Stacy Lewis in the first women’s major of the year. American Morgan Pressel carded a 69 for 208 and Michelle Wie stayed in contention with a 69 for 210.
Taiwan’s Tseng, ranked number one in the world, had the lowest round of the day at Mission Hills Country Club for a 54-hole total of 12-under 204. “I just want to keep smiling all day tomorrow and have a lot of fun. I did it before, so I just want to do it again,” said Tseng, who was followed by a boistrous cheering section from nearby Beaumont, California, where Tseng and her mother lived for several years as Tseng was trying to qualify for the LPGA Tour.
“It was really nice that they came out here and cheered for me,” Tseng said. “I feel very appreciative, because I need a crowd. I need a big crowd here to make me more excited.” She made the most of her power, erasing Lewis’s three-shot overnight lead in the first seven holes and taking the lead at the 11th. America’s Lewis managed to pull even before Tseng regained the lead with her sixth birdie of the day at 15.
Lewis finished with a 71 for 206. Tseng, 22, has already won four times worldwide this year and owns three major titles. Two of those came last year, when she won here and at the Women’s British Open. “These four, five tournaments, I’ve really learned a lot,” Tseng said. “I’m not afraid that I’m leading right now. I don’t think too much for tomorrow that I have to win. I just want to enjoy it.”