Galloway Township, N.J. Juli Inkster birdied five of the last six holes after a blowup on the 13th tee and took a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic on Saturday.
First-round leader Kate Golden was in second place after a disastrous double bogey on No. 17, and Annika Sorenstam was again threatening after a second-round 67 left her three shots off the lead in this final tuneup for next week's U.S. Women's Open.
Six players were within three shots of the leader but all the focus is going to be on Inkster, a Hall of Famer who also had a second-round 67, and Sorenstam, who has won five of the 11 LPGA events she has started.
Pat Hurst was in third place at 8 under, and Sorenstam was in a group at 7 under with Jenny Lidback and Lorie Kane.
Inkster, who started the round at 6 under, was having an up-and-down round when she badly missed a 3-footer for par at the par-4, 12th hole. That put her four shots behind Golden, who was playing in her threesome.