RANCHO MIRAGE -- Inbee Park, a 24-year-old from South Korea who makes her home in Murrieta now, has a three-shot lead over former USC star Lizette Salas after three rounds of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.
Park, whose only major championship so far came at the 2008 U.S. Open, has never finished better than ninth at this tournament. But she shot a five-under-par 67 Saturday (her second consecutive 67) and increased what had been a one-shot lead after the second round to three shots over Salas.
Second-year pro Salas, from Azusa, finished with a three-under 69 on Saturday. Park has a three-day total of 204 and Salas is at 207.
Ranked fourth in the world, Park has a five-shot advantage over a group of six tied for third place that includes Americans Angela Stanford and Jessica Korda as well as 38-year-old Australian Karrie Webb, who won here in 2000 and 2006 and who owns seven major titles in her 18-year pro career. Webb shot a five-under 67 Saturday to move into contention. She had been tied for 21st after two rounds.