Teenager Brooke Henderson took a big step towards her maiden LPGA title by firing a third-round 65 to take a five-shot lead at the Cambia Portland Classic.
The 17-year-old is bidding to join Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson as the only players to win on the LPGA Tour before their 18th birthdays, and after backing up rounds of 66 and 67 with a 65, she is on track to do so.
Henderson's seven-under round on Saturday saw her move to 18-under for the tournament, with American Morgan Pressel next best on 13-under. The German duo of Sandra Gal (65) and Caroline Masson (70) are in a tie for third on 12-under.
The Canadian made seven birdies in her bogey-free round of 65, four on the front nine and three on the back nine, to equal the 54-hole record of 18-under set by Yani Tseng two years ago.
Should Henderson triumph she will be the first Canadian to win an LPGA tournament since Lorie Kane came out on top at the Takefuji Classic in February 2001.
“I’m really excited,” Henderson told the official LPGA website after her round. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and I was trying to get it pretty deep under par today, and hopefully I can do the same thing tomorrow.”
She added: “It was a lot of fun, and I hit the ball really well. A couple shots I didn’t hit that well, I got some lucky breaks. I had a great group, and on a beautiful golf course, I can’t complain too much.”
Pressel also fired a 65 to move to 13-under, registering nine birdies and two bogeys in her round of seven-under.