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Kerr storms into the lead going into final day
May 04, 2013

Fifteen-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr made a surge up the leaderboard on Saturday to take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship. Kerr fired a 5-under 66 during Saturday’s round with Rolex Rankings No. 5 Suzann Pettersen and No. 2 Stacy Lewis trailing by two strokes.

Kerr, who is a two-time winner at the River Course at Kingsmill Resort, found herself in a familiar position after Saturday’s third round as she leads the field at 10-under par. She either led or co-led heading into the final round during each of her victories in 2005 and 2009, which gives her plenty of confidence heading into Sunday even though she has a strong group of players within striking distance

“You have to really play a good round tomorrow either whether you're two ahead or two behind, like I said,” said Kerr. “I think just going to try to stay lose, I'm going to try and stay focused and, you know, in those pressure situations, pressure moments tomorrow that I'm going to face, I think I've just got to keep doing what I've done, you know, the last three days and that's really focus on the process of the shot. I know it sounds kind of boring, but that's when I do my best. If I do that and I start rolling the rock, I'm going to be hard to beat.”

But Kerr isn’t completely safe with the lead as three top LPGA Tour competitors are within three strokes off her pace with Lewis and Pettersen at 8-under par and No. 18 Angela Stanford at 7-under par. Pettersen, who also has a victory in Williamsburg, says the title is still be up for grabs on Sunday.

“Yeah, I mean, I think there's a lot of great players out there right there in the mix,” said Pettersen. “Cristie's two ahead, I don't really think that that's a massive advantage right now. I mean, we're all going to go out tomorrow trying to shoot as low as we can. It would take more than 10‑under to win, so I guess, I don't know, we'll see after four rounds who's on top.”

California native Lizette Salas made a statement on Saturday after delivering a blemish-free 6-under 65 to put her at a tie for 6th along with first and second-round leader Ariya Jutanugarn. The teenage Thailand native lost her grip on the lead after opening her round with back-to-back bogeys. She went on to card four additional bogeys and four birdies to end with a one-over 73.

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park carded a 2-under 69 on Saturday to put her in a tie for eighth with sponsor exemption and LPGA Tour rookie Katie Burnett at 4-under par.


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