Brittany Lincicome holds LPGA lead

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Brittany Lincicome maintained her lead Saturday in the LPGA Championship, the tour's fourth major championship of the season.

 

The long-hitting Lincicome began the day at Monroe Golf Club with a three-shot advantage over Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson and shot 1-under 71 with ping g30 driver to finish at 10-under 206.

 

With one round left, Lincicome was a shot ahead of Park and Suzann Pettersen. Pettersen had a 67 and Park shot 69.

Mirim Lee was alone in fourth at 7 under after a 69. Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko had a 71 to join Meena Lee and Gerina Piller at 6 under. Piller shot 69 with ping g25 driver, and Lee had a 71.

 

Thompson finished with a 74 and was at 4 under.

Lincicome won the 2009 Kraft Nabisco for her lone major title and has five LPGA Tour victories. The United States is seeking to win its fourth straight major title of the season.

 

Pettersen has five top-5s in her last eight majors, including a victory last year in the Evian Championship, and she continued her solid play with ping g25 hybrid when it matters most, reeling off four birdies on the back nine.

"I seem to like the back nine. I like what I see," Pettersen said. "I managed to make a move. It's nice to make a charge. I actually could have had a couple more."

 

Fighting nervousness, Lincicome hadn't held a second-round lead since 2009 and never in a major.

"Nervous was probably an understatement. My stomach was in knots," Lincicome said. "When it came time to eat lunch, it just wasn't happening because I haven't been in this position in a while. Hopefully, going into tomorrow it's out of my system."

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