Inbee Park's 7-iron tee shot Saturday on the 168-yard 17th hole turned to left on a perfect line at the back-left pin, landed softly and rolled to 2½ feet for yet another birdie in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The 24-year-old South Korean, three shots ahead with a round left in the first major championship of the year, admitted it wasn't quite the way she planned it after watching playing partner Lizette Salas' ball sail too far left and into a bunker.

"It was actually a little bit of a mis-shot," Park said. "I aimed a little more right, but I slightly pulled it and it ended up perfect."

Bogey-free in her last 22 holes at Rancho Mirage's Mission Hills course, Park shot her second straight 5-under 67 in tricky wind conditions to reach 12 under (204).

"I feel really good about my swing and the stroke at the moment. "I feel really comfortable around this golf course, too. That helps," said Park, who won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open.

Salas, a stroke behind Park entering the round, had a 69 to remain second at 9-under 207.

"I've just got to stay patient and just trust my putter and just keep it simple," Salas said.

Hall of Famer Karrie Webb (67), the tournament winner in 2000 and 2006, was five shots back along with Suzann Pettersen, Angela Stanford, Jessica Korda, Karine Icher and Pornanong Phatlum. Korda, the daughter of former tennis star Petr Korad, shot a 68.

Another shot back was Pleasanton native Paula Creamer (69).


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Michelle Wie had a 73 to drop to 1-under 215. She has broken 70 only once in 17 rounds this season and is using an unorthodox putting stance with her torso bent parallel to the ground.

PGA Tour: Billy Horschel held off an experienced leader board to shoot a 2-under 70 and take the lead at the Texas Open in San Antonio.

He finished second at last week's Houston Open, and he extended his tour-best streak of consecutive cuts made to 21 this week. Still, he faces the daunting task of fending off a trailing pack that includes former major winners Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy if he's to earn his first tour win Sunday.

"I've never been star struck out here," Horschel said. "... I respect all the veterans out here. ... But at the same time, I'm as confident as I've ever been."

Horschel enters the final day with a two-shot lead over Furyk and Charley Hoffman. He's four shots ahead of a trio that includes McIlroy, who'd like nothing better than to close out with a win Sunday on his way to this week's Masters.

McIlroy shot a 1-under 71 to reach 6 under overall. He was inconsistent off the tee and had four birdies and three bogeys. He hit just 7 of 14 fairways, continuing his trend of up-and-down play this year after an offseason equipment change.

"It was a tough scoring day," he said. "It was hard to really go low under par."

Horschel was at 10-under 206 at TPC San Antonio. He had an up-and-down day as the weather warmed up and the wind picked up. He made five birdies, reaching as low as 11 under after a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 14.

"I'm trying to stay loose," Horschel said. "I've learned in the past that the looser I am, the more it helps."

Furyk birdied No. 18 to cap a 3-under 69 and reach Sunday's final pairing.

Hoffman (70) briefly took the lead after a birdie on No. 8.

Etc.: Australian professional Jarrod Lyle played 18 holes of golf for the first time in 14 months as he continues to recover from a second battle with leukemia. The 31-year-old tweeted he was "absolutely knackered now after 75 hits at The Sands Torquay ... hit a couple goodies." He has said he hopes to return to the PGA Tour next year.