Mexico Open at Vidanta

Vidanta Vallarta


Wie Tied With Kerr In Third Round

November 13, 2009

Winless on the LPGA Tour, Wie had four birdies and two bogeys Saturday. Kerr shot a 67.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) -- Michelle Wie moved into position for her first LPGA Tour victory, shooting a 2-under 70 on Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for a share of the third-round lead with Cristie Kerr.

Kerr had a 67 to match Wie at 10 under on the Guadalajara Country Club course.

Second-round leader Jiyai Shin (74) was a stroke back along with Paula Creamer (71) and first-round leader Song-Hee Kim (70).

The top-ranked Ochoa (72) was six strokes behind at 4 under.

Wie has a share of the lead going into the final round for the second time this season. She was tied for the lead in February in the SBS Open in Hawaii, but ended up three strokes behind winner Angela Stanford.

Kerr won earlier this season, taking the Michelob Ultra Open.

Shin had a difficult day with three bogeys on the back nine. The South Korean has already won the rookie of the year award -- ahead of Wie -- and could clinch the player of the year trophy if she wins Sunday. Ochoa has won that award three straight years.

Kerr reached 10 under with an eagle on 16.

Wie first claimed a share of the lead at No. 13 with a 3-foot birdie putt, but but the Stanford student had a bogey on 15. She parred the last three holes as Creamer and Shin dropped shots to fall back.