RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Karin Sjodin shot a steady 4-under-par 68 through heavy wind while chasing down top-ranked Yani Tseng on Saturday, pulling even at 9-under heading into the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
The dominant Tseng proved she’s not unbeatable, showing visible frustration while posting 71 as inconsistent as the wind that buffeted Mission Hills throughout her round.
While Tseng is a five-time major champion, the long-hitting Sjodin has never won in seven seasons on the LPGA Tour. Yet Sjodin made just one bogey in a remarkable round, briefly taking the outright lead down the stretch.
Haeji Kang is two strokes back after struggling to 72, but will join Tseng and Sjodin in the final group today. Na Yeon Choi is among five players at 6-under.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Sciacca, Sicily, Thorbjorn Olesen made four birdies and an eagle for 5-under-par 67 to lead the Sicilian Open by three strokes.
Olesen, who was runner-up three times in his debut season on the European Tour last year, superbly managed the 16 mph gusts off the Mediterranean.
With the halfway lead shared by six overnight, only Olesen broke clear in the testing conditions.
For the eagle on the par-5 14th, he reached the green in two before sinking a difficult putt from 15 feet.
“It was definitely not easy, but I played great,” Olesen said. “I am confident in my play for tomorrow but there are a lot of good guys up there and I’m going to have to do my best.”
At 9-under were Nicolas Colsaerts (69) and Andrew Parr (67). Peter Lawrie (72) remained in contention in a tie
for fourth with Lloyd Saltman (69) and Soren Kjeldsen (71).
“I was pleased to shoot par in these conditions,” Lawrie said. “I think my experience of playing in Ireland certainly helped because I was struggling at times.”
Scott Pinckney (70) was five shots off the lead with two-time major winner John Daly (72) a shot farther back. Former PGA Championship winner Rich Beem shot 73 to drop to 5 under.
“I got my score to 2 under, so to finish on par is disappointing,” Daly said. “But par is still a great score, the wind made it so tough out there. It gives me a chance for tomorrow.”