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The third round of the Kia Classic came to an end with a familiar face sitting at the top of the leaderboard.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko will sleep on a 54-hole lead for the 10th time in her short career, including two times as an amateur, winning four of those tournaments. She is looking for the 11th win of her short career and her first win in 2016, after three top-10 finishes including two runner-up finishes.

“You don’t get that many opportunities where you’re going into the final round with a few-shot lead,” Ko said after the round. “But I’ll take it. I’d rather be a couple shots ahead than a couple shots behind.”

Chasing Ko is Texas native Brittany Lang (-11) KLPGA member Sung Young Park (-11) and South Korean Jenny Shin (-11). Lang is looking for her second career LPGA win, Shin is looking for her first, as is Park. Just four shots behind is World No. 2 Inbee Park (-10).

Minjee Lee had never made an ace in her life. But when the first one came on Saturday afternoon at Aviara Golf Club, it wasn’t just a typical hole-in-one. Lee used a 5-wood on the 275-yard par-4 16th hole, which was playing 234 yards, to hole out and make only the second hole-in-one on a par-4 in LPGA history.

“I think I had 210 meters to the pin, and I hit my 5-wood, it was a little right-to-left down wind, so yeah, just hit it a little right and then it was going with the wind and went in the hole,” Lee said. “I didn’t see it go in.''

Lee’s ace also marked the first albatross of her career. And it just two months after Ha Na Jang became the first player on the LPGA to make a hole-in-one on a par-4 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Jang holed out from 218 yards with a 3-wood on the eighth hole at the Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the third round of the event.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko will sleep on a 54-hole lead for the 10th time in her short career, including two times as an amateur, winning four of those tournaments. She is looking for the 11th win of her short career and her first win in 2016, after three top-10 finishes including two runner-up finishes.

This week’s Kia Classic marks the final opportunity for players to earn spots in the field for the first major of the 2016 season, the ANA Inspiration.

The final criteria for players to get into the field at next week’s ANA Inspiration is the top 20 players who aren’t already qualified and are currently in the top 80 on the 2016 LPGA Official Money List at the conclusion of the Kia Classic.

England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff has helped her chances of earning a spot and heads into the final round tied for 11th at the Aviara Golf Club. Ewart Shadoff currently sits 76th ($23,274) on the 2016 LPGA Official Money List and a strong finish at this week’s event would likely guarantee her a spot.

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