Lincicome stays ahead in Pittsford

The chasing pack managed to edge closer to Brittany Lincicome at the LPGA Championship on Saturday, with the American’s lead cut down to one shot.

Lincicome started the third round at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York, with a three-shot lead over Lexi Thompson and Inbee Park and carded a one-under-par 71 to move to 10 under for the tournament.

The 28-year-old, who also won the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship, admits feeling nervous leading such a big tournament.

“I think because I haven’t been in this position in a while, it just kind of all caught up with me,” Lincicome told reporters.

“I just tried to take multiple deep breaths out there. I don’t think I calmed down until really the back nine probably.

“Hopefully going into tomorrow it’s kind of out of my system. I kind of know what it feels like to be in this position.”

Defending champion Park, though, remains hot on her heels after hitting a 69 to be tied for second with Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, who carded a four-under 67.

“I made the turn a bit frustrated that I three-putted nine,” Pettersen said. “I actually got to the green and three-putted, which felt like I was giving away a shot. But I managed to kind of make a move … it’s nice to make a charge and be where I’m at right now.”

Park said: “I hit a couple of bad shots and kind of scrambled around today.”

The pair are two shots ahead of South Korean Mirim Lee with Anna Nordqvist, Feng Shanshan and Jane Park another stroke adrift.

Lydia Ko, who is seeking her first major title at the age of 17, is tied for fifth at six under while this year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Thompson is another shot back.