Briton Hull stalks leaders
Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson share the lead going into what should be a thrilling final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, with Briton Charley Hull just two shots back after a sparkling third round 66.
- Related Content
Ten years after making her debut in the event as an amateur, 24-year-old Wie has a real chance of winning her first major and just her third LGPA title after a bogey-free 68 moved her to 10-under alongside Thompson.
Nineteen-year-old Thompson held a share of the overnight lead alongside South Korean Pak Se-Ri, but a three-putt bogey on the 18th saw her drop into a share with Wie, setting up a big-name showdown on Sunday.
"I think Lexi is a really entertaining golfer," Wie said. "I like to think I'm somewhat entertaining as well. So, I think the both of us paired together is great. I think it's great for the tour and it's going to be a lot of fun.
"I probably won't sleep that well. It's just the chance. You want something so badly. I dreamed about this all my life, so I'm just trying to not think about it so much. I'm just trying to think it's a normal Sunday. But I think that's a good thing. It's a sign that I'm really excited and I really want this."
Big-hitting Thompson also missed two short putts on her front nine, but a three-under 69 still represented a decent round, even if she did start to feel the nerves herself.
"Not the ending I wanted," Thompson assessed. "I'm getting looks at birdies and just waiting for a few more to drop.
"I think if you're not nervous, you don't care. But it's a good nervous. This is what I've been waiting for and what I've worked my whole life for."
England's Hull came flying into contention with a six-birdie, bogey-free round of 66 at Mission Hills, to move her on to eight-under and just two shots behind the leaders.
Hull turned 18 last month, just after claiming her maiden title in Morocco, and a triumph would make her the youngest major winner in LPGA Tour history.
"I hit it quite well,'' said Hull. "My irons were pretty good and I hit some good drives.
"I hit some bad drives toward the end, which I'm working on on the range. But I holed good putts my when I got myself in trouble. I was able to get out of it. I'm pretty happy with how it's going.''
South Korean Pak, 36, cannot be counted out as she led at one stage after three early birdies and even a bogey run on the back nine still left the five-time major winner just two off the pace.