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Lexi Thompson takes one-stroke lead at ANA Inspiration

Lexi Thompson is up by a shot in her bid for her second win at the ANA Inspiration.

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Lexi Thompson is up by a shot in her bid for her second win at the ANA Inspiration.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Lexi Thompson made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the ANA Inspiration.

Trying to win the LPGA major championship for the second time in three years, Thompson shot 3-under 69 to reach 10-under 206 at Mission Hills.

After struggling with her putting most of the day, Thompson hit to 2 feet on the par-4 15th and 16th holes to set up birdies. She missed a 6-foot birdie try on the par-3 17th then hit a 207-yard 5-iron approach pin-high to the left on 18 to set up the eagle putt.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun and Ariya Jutanugarn were tied for second, and 15 players were within four strokes of the lead.

PGA: Jim Herman and Jamie Lovemark, two players who have never won a PGA Tour event or played in the Masters, shared the lead going into the final round of the Houston Open.

With a win today, one of them gets to tee off at Augusta National this week.

Herman, 38, shot 5-under 67 to reach 11-under 205 for the tournament and position himself for a breakthrough.

"There's a lot to play for" today, said the pro from Cincinnati, whose best finish this season has been a 10th-place tie. "I had a couple of good par saves, especially on the last hole. I'm committed to going to the first tee (today) and hitting that first fairway. I've got to try to not put any extra pressure on myself."

Lovemark, 28 and a former NCAA champion at USC whose professional career was derailed by major back surgery, wasn't able to build on his fast start, which saw him birdie three of the first four holes. He stayed in the hunt with 70 after opening rounds of 67 and 68.

"My confidence is good," Lovemark said. "I've got to keep doing what I've been doing. It's going to be a tough battle (today). It'll be a shootout."

Herman and Lovemark were a stroke ahead of Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson and Russell Hensley. Second-round leader Charley Hoffman shot 74 to drop into a tie for seventh, three strokes back.

CHAMPIONS: Scott Dunlap shot 3-under 69 in the second round to take a two-shot lead at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier.

It was a long day for the entire field, with all the players completing 36 holes. The first round was moved back a day after heavy rain wiped out play Friday.

Dunlap said he battled a sore back during the long day, but the consistent success allowed him to focus and get through all 36 holes. Players battled wet fairways and breezy conditions, especially in the morning.

"I'm tired, but when it's going well, you can work on the fumes," Dunlap said. "When it's not, then the legs really get dead. So I knew as long as I was on top of things, which luckily, I did, my body would probably hang in there."

Dunlap is trying for his second Champions Tour victory and first since 2014.

Dunlap pushed into the lead with 66 in his morning round before shooting 69 in the afternoon. He is at 9-under 135 for the tournament. Jerry Smith is in second at 7 under after shooting 68 in the second round.

Lexi Thompson takes one-stroke lead at ANA Inspiration 04/02/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2016 10:39pm]
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