Lydia Ko struggles in third round of first major
Kiwi Lydia Ko has finished her third round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship near Palm Springs, California today, carding a solid - but largely frustrating - one-over 73.
The round leaves the Auckland teenager in a tie for 28th, sitting at even-par overall for the tournament.
The 16-year-old notched a bogey on the course's first hole, and another on the 14th, with her putting game problems continuing on from yesterday.
Ko claimed a birdie on the 18th to peg a shot back, but was largely frustrated by her round at the Mission Hills Country Club.
"I wasn't hitting it as close and I didn't give myself many birdie putts," she told Fairfax Media.
"I wasn't hitting it that good. I was putting it too short, and when you putt it short, there's no chance of going in the hole.
"I was thinking 'oh man, I don't want to have a birdie-free day'. You'd rather have a bogey-free day than a birdie-free day, so lucky I made that birdie on the last."
Americans Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie sat at the top of the leader board at the end of the third round, at ten-under.
The Kraft Nabisco Championship is Ko's first major as a professional. She would become the youngest major winner in golf history if she were to win it - a prospect that seems unlikely at this stage with the Kiwi ten shots off the lead.