Park joins Lindberg in second-round clubhouse lead at ANA

Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden fired a two-under 70 in the third round at the ANA Inspiration to reach 14-under 202 as she aims to capture her first title in eight seasons on the LPGA Tour

Pernilla Lindberg will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the ANA Inspiration after surging clear on Saturday. Her putter got her out of trouble a few times, but after bogeying 17 she rolled in a birdie putt on the par-5 18th to regain her three-shot lead.

Lindberg closed out a 2-under-par 70 Saturday after carving her approach to 5 feet at the last and making birdie.

But worse was to come for the Korean as she suffered a double bogey at the par four 15th and dropped another shot at 16 to fall further behind the leader. What followed was not pretty as Park played the next five holes five over par.

Pernilla Lindberg is who is still seeking her first LPGA victory.

"I felt calm out there", Lindberg told the Golf Channel. "I'm just going to focus on what I need to do for tomorrow".

They're both seeking to make their first LPGA titles a major championship.

Olson's best career finish in a major was a tie for 52nd in the 2016 U.S. Women's Open.

Olson was a 20-time victor at North Dakota State, but her best result on the LPGA Tour was 63rd at the 2015 Evian Championship.

Thompson previous year lost to Ryu So-yeon in a playoff after incurring four strokes in penalties - two for replacing her ball in the wrong spot for a tap-in putt and two more for signing an incorrect scorecard in the third round. "There are a bunch of fairways that I couldn't miss, so that is something I am disappointed in".

Olson, at 11-under, is the top American golfer after shooting rounds of 69-68-68 at the Mission Hills Country Club.


Olson, from Oxbow, North Dakota, had five birdies and a bogey.

Lurking ominously at 206 are Inbee Park, victor of seven majors, Moriya Jutanugarn, Jennifer Song, Charley Hull, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Sung Hyun Park.

"Today, the shots were awesome", Park said.

Self-coached Park said she had not even been aware of her score. "I'm pretty exhausted after today so I think I'll sleep pretty good".

Amateur Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland stayed right behind the leaders for most of her round. Defending champion: So Yeon Ryu.

"I look forward to this event every year", she said earlier this week as she prepared to seek her second major championship.

Moving Day, as the next to last round is customarily called, created enough of a seismic jolt at the top of the leaderboard to reinforce that "anything can happen" theory.

Lindberg made one clutch putt after another on the day, for birdies and pars. "Especially on the back nine, I was able to hit some good bunker shots and make those par saves".

After Friday's round, Lindberg, her fiance'-caddie Danny and her parents took a gondola ride to the 10,800-foot mark in the mountains, where the temperature is 60 degrees below the 97-degree heat of the desert. Golf was not a topic of discussion while the Lindbergs explored California's skyline.

"This is what we strive for", Lindberg said.

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