Granada leads Pressel, Ciganda by 1 at LPGA finale


Julieta Granada captured the first $1 million prize in LPGA history back in 2006, and after three rounds in Naples she is on the cusp of another big payday. Here's how things look heading into the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship, where Granada clings to a one-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Julieta Granada (-9), Morgan Pressel (-8), Carlota Ciganda (-8), Sandra Gal (-7), Lydia Ko (-6), So Yeon Ryu (-6), Michelle Wie (-5)

What it means: Granada has held at least a share of the lead after each round, and she carded a third straight sub-par round despite blustery conditions to stay in front of Ciganda and Pressel. With $500,000 going to the tournament winner, the trophy remains very much up for grabs as six players will tee off within three shots of the lead.

Round of the day: Angela Stanford was mired in the back of the pack through two rounds, but the veteran made a big move Saturday with a 5-under 67. Stanford made only one bogey on the day and did her damage early in the round, with six birdies across her first 12 holes including three in a row on Nos. 10-12.

Best of the rest: Ko still has a chance for a $1.5 million payday after a 4-under 68 in the third round. The rookie entered the week at No. 3 in the Race to the CME Globe standings and controls her own destiny for the seven-figure bonus, and she is just three shots back after a topsy-turvy day that included seven birdies and three bogeys.

Biggest disappointment: Sarah Jane Smith started the day just two shots off the lead, but the Aussie stumbled out of the gates en route to a 4-over 76. Smith bogeyed three of her first four holes then closed her round with three more bogeys, as she needed 32 putts to complete her round.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Commissioner Mike Whan has a dream scenario, as the race remains wide open on two fronts entering the season's final day. The fight for the season-long bonus appears to be between Stacy Lewis, Wie and Ko, while Granada will look to go wire-to-wire and end an eight-year victory drought in the process.

Shot of the day: Pressel took an aggressive line with her approach to No. 18, and her 7-iron cleared the hazard and rolled to within six feet. The closing birdie moved her into a share of second place as she looks to win for the first time since 2008.