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America's Lizette Salas takes a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Salas leads hometown favorites Su Oh and Sarah Jane Smith and Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum by two after shooting a two-under 71 in the third round at Royal Adelaide.

The California native, with her old caddie, Greg Puga, on the bag, said she made the decision to get her old team back, a team she trusted and felt comfortable with, who shares the same vision.

A win this week would be perfect for two-time Solheim Cup veteran, Salas hopes to make it onto her third U.S. roster this August. Salas is currently 24th in the USA Solheim Cup points standings. A win this week would put her in a good position to make the roster as points are increased by one-third during this year’s tournaments, and doubled for the season’s majors.

Oh, Smith and Phatlum sit two back of the lead but are within striking distance, each looking to pick up their first win on the LPGA Tour. For Oh and Smith not only are they looking to become Rolex First-Time winners but playing in front of a home crowd with an opportunity for a national title and chance to lift the Patricia Bridges Trophy.

All four players ranked inside the top-10 of the current Rolex Rankings who are in the field improved their position on the leaderboard on Saturday. No. 6 Ha Na Jang has seemingly the best chance of the four to win sitting four strokes back of the lead at 6-under. No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn has been steady and moved to 4-under par after a third round 71. The duo of World No. 1 Lydia Ko and No. 8 Brooke Henderson will go off together at 10:20am local time on Sunday after both shot even-par rounds to stick in a tie for 35th at even for the tournament.

Brit Watch

Amy Boulden, who is attempting to become the first Welsh winner on the LPGA, currently sits five shots off the pace in tied 10th. The 23-year-old remains in contention for her maiden victory after holing out from a bunker to eagle the 17th.

Scots Gemma Dryburgh and Michele Thomson both had disastrous third rounds in the 80s and have plummeted down the field from their T20 halfway positions.

Meanwhile Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Charley Hull sit in T34 and T53 respectively.

Credit- LPGA

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