JY Lee Leads Creamer Four Back

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2007 Michelob Ultra Open at KingsmillWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Jee Young Lee took a one-stroke lead in the Michelob Ultra Open on Saturday, matching the course record with an 8-under 63, while the top three players at the start of the day all failed to match par.
 
Lee had a bogey-free round on the 6,306-yard River Course at Kingsmill, tying the record set by Kim Williams in 2004 and matched by Sarah Lee in the first round. Jee Young Lee was tied for the lead with Sarah Lee, the leader after each of the first two rounds, and assumed it alone when Sarah Lee faltered.
 
Sarah Lee lost her steady game and had three bogeys in a 72, and Becky Morgan couldn't back up the 65 that had her second at the midpoint. She shot a 74 as the wind picked up and blew in the players' faces on several holes, dropping into a five-way tie at 206.
 
That the lead stayed at 11 under was good news to that group, which also included Paula Creamer (67), Ai Miyazato (66), Suzann Pettersen (68) and Carin Koch (70), now all within a one-hole swing or just a good start Sunday of making it interesting.
 
'I think it's going to be an exciting Sunday,' Creamer said.
 
Morgan, Seon Hwa Lee (65) and Morgan Pressel (68) were five shots off the lead.
 
Of course, Jee Young Lee could make it a race for second with a repeat of the third round. She is second on tour in driving distance and has been booming the ball an average of 282 yards here. Hitting fairways off the tee provides a boost, she said through an interpreter, but more important was that she was close to pins Saturday.
 
None of her birdie putts was from longer than about 15 feet.
 
Sarah Lee, who will play with her South Korean buddy in the final group, said it will be important not to focus on how much further Jee Young Lee hits the ball.
 
'I want to play my game, starting a whole new 18 holes,' she said.
 
Jee Young Lee has one victory in her career, in 2005, while Sarah Lee has none in 123 prior events. That, Creamer said, won't matter until the back nine on Sunday.
 
'You're playing the golf course up until then,' said Creamer, who gained her third career victory in February. 'Then you go out and see what you have to do.'
 
Creamer's key in the third round was avoiding the momentum-killing bogeys that plagued her and most everyone else in the first two rounds. She'd had three of them.
 
'It's big. When you get on a roll out here, you can make a lot of birdies, and you just don't want to give any shots back,' she said. Making a couple of testy late putts -- an 8-footer on No. 17 and 4 1/2 -footer on No. 18 -- also saved her round, she said.
 
Miyazato, in her second season on the LPGA Tour, has 14 international victories, but none on tour. She has tied for third twice in seven starts this year, and feels ready to set off a huge celebration in Japan with her breakthrough victory.
 
'I think it's going to be crazy,' she said of the party, when it comes. 'I need more confidence. I need more patience. I need to try to get more birdies.'
 
Pettersen also is seeking her first Tour victory, and needs help on the green.
 
'I haven't putted well at all,' she said. 'I don't think I could hit it much better than I am now. I'm just trying to be really patient with my game.'
 
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