Kim retains lead

Christina Kim carded a 68 to retain and improve her lead at the top of Lorena Ochoa Invitational leaderboard.

Kim went into Saturday’s third round clinging to the one shot lead she took in round one, after firing scores of 65 and 69 on Thursday and Friday.

She went on to finish on four-under to extend the lead to five shots, taking her total to 14-under.

The American told the LPGA Tour website that she had been aiming to play like the tournament’s founder.

“I’ve got the greens charted out pretty well. I’ve been using the aim point express off and on throughout the round, and it’s been really helpful.” Kim said.

“But more than anything it’s I’m okay with the ball dying in the hole as opposed to hitting in the back of the cup.

“I know that’s something I always really admired about Lorena. She had such great pace with her putts that it’s just something I’ve been trying to emulate.”

Kim nailed birdies on the first, third, tenth, 13th and 17th holes, and a bogey on the fifth to retain her lead.

China’s Shanshan Feng trails in second place on nine-under after matching Kim’s 68 – the lowest score of the round. So Yeon Ryu, Phatlum Pornanomng and Azahara Munoz are tied for third on eight-under.

Kim would become the second wire-to-wire winner in the last three LPGA events if she wins in Mexico.

Inbee Park, who hold sixth on seven-under, lead from the first round and all through the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship earlier this month.