Too good to catch?

Lorena Ochoa, of Mexico, tees off on the 6th hole during round three of the LPGA Canadian Women's...

Lorena Ochoa, of Mexico, tees off on the 6th hole during round three of the LPGA Canadian Women's Open at the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday Auugust 18, 2007. (Darryl Dyck/Edmonton Sun)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

They're a little worried that the clouds might open and disrupt play at the CN Canadian Women's Open, but it turns out weather is the least of anyone's worries here.

Rain shortened?

Try Lorena shortened.

The best player in the world dropped a scheduling change on the LPGA when she decided to turn the CN Canadian Women's Open into a 54-hole event. After a 65 on Friday, Lorena Ochoa tied the course record with a 64 in the cold rain yesterday, building herself a seemingly insurmountable four-stroke lead heading into today's final round coronation at the Royal Mayfair.

If you were looking for a dramatic finish, you missed it. It happened midway through yesterday's round when Ochoa birdied 7, 8 and 10 to pull away, it would seem, for good.

THANKS FOR COMING

Thanks for coming. See you in Ottawa next year.

"I had a good day today," grinned Ochoa, who walked away with the British Open in similar conditions two weeks ago.

"It's tough to play in the rain, but I can only say that I love the rain (now), it's been great to me. For some reason I just feel very comfortable."

And it could have easily been better. Ochoa left one on the edge of the cup coming out of the sand, another long putt just lipped out and she burned the edge for birdie on 18. She could have shot 61 and been seven up.

Not that she's complaining.

"I was going for the course record," she shrugged. "Here I am, in a very good position for tomorrow."

She's blown leads before. That was the big knock on her.

But that was the old Ochoa. She's become much more proficient at closing the deal lately, and having walked all over the field at St. Andrews makes her that much stronger heading into today.

"I do feel better, but I nver felt bad, it's just that sometimes it didn't happen for me," said Ochoa, who won by four at the British. "It's way of learning. I like my position tomorrow. I have pretty good players behind, but I trust myself and I have a lot of faith that I'm going to be there tomorrow and win the tournament."

If anyone is going to track her down from behind, it'll be Paula Creamer or Laura Diaz, tied for second, four shots back, at 10-under 203.

"I played good," said Creamer, who posted a 66 yesterday and actually lost ground on Ochoa. "You can only control what you do out on the golf course.

'MOVING DAY'

"I know that today was kind of a moving day. As long as I'm somewhat in contention I'm pleased with that. Everybody knows that she's the No.1 player in the world."

You know she's going to go low because of that. But I don't think it's intimidation. At the same time I'm still out here trying to comepte and I have a good chance of winning tomorrow."

"Lorena is a great player, she's having a fantastic year," added Diaz, who shot a three-under 68. "I expect nothing less than for her to come out tomorrow and have another great round. It's going to be a matter of making more birdies."

Juli Inkster, who started the day tied for the lead with Shi Hyun Ahn, couldn't get it going. She dropped to T5, eight strokes off the lead, after a round of 73. Ahn struggled as well, shooting 74 ... Karrie Webb, who shot up the leaderboard with a 64 on Friday, fell off the pace with a 73 yesterday ... How tough is it on the LPGA these days? Defending champion Cristie Kerr hasn't shot a round over par 69-70-71, and she's in a nine-way tie for 19th.


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