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Taiwan’s Yani Tseng is in pole position to take the first women’s major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng is in pole position to take the first women’s major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The 22-year-old shot a third-round 66 on Saturday to lie two shots clear of American Stacy Lewis, who held the lead throughout the first two rounds.

Tseng is defending the title she won last year, and entered the tournament as the number one ranked women’s golfer, underlining her recent dominance.

She made six birdies and no bogeys on Saturday at Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs to reach a total of 12-under 204. Birdies on the second, fourth and seventh got her off to the perfect start.

“I feel very excited,” Tseng said according to latimes.com. “It’s always good to have six birdies and no bogeys out there on this tough golf course. I really had fun and I just want to keep smiling all day tomorrow.”

Lewis, trailing by two, is probably the only golfer left with a realistic chance of catching the world number one, with 2007 champion Morgam Pressel trailing by four, and Michelle Wie six behind.

Wie will be cursing a dropped shot on the 17th, a missed two-footer for par, that put her even further back.

“It broke a lot for a two-footer,” Wie said. “I missed the same putt last year.”

Lewis, who played alongside Tseng on Saturday, was full of praise for her competitor.

“She’s got a pretty good chance of making birdie on almost every hole,” Lewis said. “It definitely puts pressure on me.”

Tseng is starting to get used to leading heading into the final round, and it’s a position she likes to be in. She said she’ll to take heart from her final round performance at the British Women’s Open last year, where she also led with one round to play.

“I probably repeated to myself a thousand times, ‘I can do this.’ So [Sunday] I need to do the same way. Now I’m leading so I just want to do it again.”

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