Sunday, April 7, 2013
Inbee Park Extends lead in 3rd Round of Kraft Nabisco Championship
Will anyone be able to catch Inbee Park? Inbee extended her Kraft Nabisco Championship lead to three shots, shooting her second consecutive 67 for a three day total of 12 under par. Lizette Salas, who shot a 69, is her closest pursuer 3 shots back.
It was a mistake free round for Inbee as she made 5 birdies without making a single bogey. She will be very difficult to catch if she continues to play the mistake free golf that she has played in the last 2 rounds.
Other than Salas, no one else is closer than six shots back, so it will take a very low round for anyone to come from behind.
It was ideal conditions, as the winds that have wreaked havoc on this course failed to materialize the entire day.
It was ideal scoring conditions and Inbee took full advantage. Angela Stanford who had the low round of the day, shot a 6 under par 66. If the wind stays away in the final round the tournament record of 13 under par will probably be shattered. On the other hand if the wind becomes a factor, high scores could bring Inbee back to the field.
The following six players will be trying to make up a six stroke deficit:
Angela Stanford - (66)
Karine Icher - (68)
Karrie Webb - (67)
Suzann Pettersen - (67)
Jessica Korda - (68)
Pornanong Phatlum - (70)
Paula Creamer (69), and Caroline Hedwall (72), are one shot further back.
World's #1 Stacy Lewis is not in contention, as her one under par 71 left her 11 shots off the lead.
Stacy could have been passed in the Rolex Rankings this week, but both Yani Tseng and Na Yeon Choi are also not going to be contending on Sunday.
Ai Miyazato will have to wait again for that elusive first major championship. After a 3 over par 75, she finds herself 13 shots back.
Sentimental favorite I.K. Kim's game never got on track this week, and is an alarming 18 shots off the lead.