Morgan Pressel slogged through rain and muck to take the lead Saturday after two rounds in the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y. Next up is a 36-hole marathon today.
“I run a lot,” Pressel said, laughing. “I’m in plenty good of enough shape to get through 36 holes tomorrow.”
She shot a 2-under 70 at Locust Hill to reach 6-under 138 — 2 shots ahead of the top-ranked Park and Chella Choi in the second LPGA Tour major of the season.
Park had a 68 to give herself an opportunity to add to her three wins already this season, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. Choi struggled with a 73 to relinquish her first-round lead.
Jiyai Shin, Amy Yang and Sarah Jane Smith were tied for fourth at 3 under. And there were seven more players at 1 under or better after two rounds, which should make for a long final day.
The change in schedule came after nearly 5 inches of rain fell Thursday, forcing officials to postpone the first round.
The forecast for today is promising, calling for sunny conditions and temperatures in the high 70s.
Rookie Shawn Stefani overcame a quadruple bogey and shot a 4-under 66 to take the third-round lead in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.
The 31-year-old Texan blew a 2-stroke lead with the quadruple bogey on No. 11, but rebounded with four birdies over his final five holes to move back atop the leaderboard. He had eight birdies to go with that quadruple bogey to reach 12-under 198 at TPC Southwind.
Harris English was a stroke back after a 69, finishing out of the lead for the first time this week.
Scott Stallings, Patrick Reed and Nicholas Thompson were 8 under. Stallings had a 67, Reed shot 64, and Thompson had a 66. Phil Mickelson was another stroke back after a 65.
Thirteen players shot at least 4 under on a day with easier pins on the small, firm greens.
This is just the 16th tour event for Stefani, who earned his way onto the PGA Tour by finishing sixth on the Web.com Tour money list in 2012 in a two-time win season.
David Frost has the lead, and Fred Couples draws the biggest crowds.
They’ll lead the pack into the final round of the Regions Tradition with an early start and a sizable contingent of contenders.
Frost birdied the 16th and 17th holes Saturday en route to a 6-under 66 and a 1-stroke lead over Couples after the third round of the major championship at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala.
“It will be a great final day,” said Couples, whose gallery as usual has been by far the largest for each round. “There’s a lot of guys. It’s the kind of course where someone can shoot 7 under and go from 7 or 8 under to 14 under.
“But I think someone that’s 10, 11 under par will have a good round and probably win, and I’m going to do everything I can to put pressure on the guys on the leaderboard and see what happens.”
Frost, the South African who won the Toshiba Classic in March for his fourth Champions Tour title, had four birdies on the final eight holes to move to 12-under 205 in the major championship.
The final round will have a two-tee morning start because of expected rain.
Morris Hatalsky, 61, third-round leader Duffy Waldorf and Michael Allen were 2 strokes back. Hatalsky had a 67, Waldorf shot 71 and Allen bogeyed the final hole for a 69.
Joost Luiten of the Netherlands shot a 5-under 67, extending his lead to 3 strokes heading into the final round of the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
Holding a 1-shot overnight lead, Luiten bogeyed two of his first five holes. He recovered with seven birdies to finish at 16-under 200, 3 strokes ahead of Spanish pair Jorge Campillo (66) and Eduardo de la Riva (69).