Lee leads Los Angeles Open

Minjee Lee of Australia reacts after her birdie putt on the fifth hole during round three of the Los Angeles Open at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles Saturday. — AFP

LOS ANGELES — Australia's Minjee Lee shook off a triple bogey to finish with a four-under 67 and maintain a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the Los Angeles Open.

The 22-year-old Lee, of Perth, started and ended the day with one stroke lead over Nanna Koerstz Madsen and now has a three-round total of 11-under 202.

She had a triple bogey on the third hole but countered that with seven birdies on the Wilshire Country Club course.

Denmark's Madsen shot her second straight four-under 67 and is at 10-under.

"I wasn't super nervous," said Lee. a four-time winner on the USLPGA Tour. "I just believed in myself and just go out there and make as many birdies as I can. I tried and hit as many good shots as I can."

Lee tied for third in Hawaii last week, her third top-three finish of the season.

South Korea's Park In-bee fired a 68 and is in third place, trailing by four shots.

American Morgan Pressel (70) and South Korean Ko Jin-young (67) are tied for fourth, five strokes back of Lee.

Megan Khang carded a tournament-record seven-under 64, to climb within six shots of the lead.

Pressel's bogey-free round included seven birdies as she snapped a streak of 23 consecutive holes without a birdie. — AFP