Henderson keeps her nose in front

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Brooke Henderson maintained a one-shot lead after round three of the Swinging Skirts Classic on Saturday despite failing to break par.

Henderson shot three birdies and three bogies to card an even-par 72, but leads on nine-under due to the strength of a first round two-under 70 on Thursday and a seven-under 65 in round two.

The 17-year-old was pleased with the way she navigated a windy Lake Merced Golf Club course in Daly City, California.

“It was a great day out there. It was really tough conditions, and I was able to play really well,” Henderson told LPGA.com.

“A couple times my short game needed to bail me out, and it was able to do that, especially the first 16 holes.”

“If someone told me at the beginning of the week I would be leading going into the final round, I would’ve taken it.”

Henderson is bidding to become the first Canadian to win on the LPGA Tour since 2001 and the third ever players to win before her 18th birthday.

Attempting to ensure that she does not achieve those milestones are American Morgan Pressel and South Korean Min Seo Kwak, who trail by a shot after carding scores of 67 and 69 respectively.

Pressel’s score was the lowest of the day, and her six birdies and solitary bogie ensured that she stayed in touch with Henderson.

“I wouldn’t say it was the absolute very best I could’ve played, but I certainly kept control of the golf ball in the wind,” Pressel said.

“It was a different golf course, but I think that Kwak and I handled it well kind of adjusting our game plan when we needed to. I was very, very solid with the putter today as well.”

Meanwhile, defending champion Lydia Ko is fourth on six-under after shooting a 71 on Saturday. Ko turned 18 on Friday and is aiming to win the seventh title of her short career.

“I’ve just got to play the holes that are birdieable, give myself a good chance and then try and put some pressure,” she said. “But it’s not easy because of the wind. Every hole is playing so tough.”

Ko won four of her six titles by making up ground on the final day. She will be chased by Shanshan Feng and Stacy Lewis, who both shot 71 on Saturday and are tied for fifth on five under.

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