Seo in search of first official LPGA win

Hee Kyung Seo of South Korea hits her tee shot on the third hole in the third round of the Manulife...

Hee Kyung Seo of South Korea hits her tee shot on the third hole in the third round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey Silo Golf Course on June 23, 2012 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (CHRIS TROTMAN/Getty Images/AFP)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:59 PM ET

WATERLOO, ONT. - In her rookie-of-the-year acceptance speech last year, Hee Kyung Seo warned world No. 1 Yani Tseng that "objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear."

With Tseng skipping the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic this week, it's advice she may want to pass along to 54-hole leader Inbee Park.

Seo will be in final grouping with her South Korean compatriot Sunday, along with American Brittany Lang. Park holds a two-shot lead over the pair after shooting 66 Saturday to get to 14-under-par.

Seo, known back home as "The Supermodel of the Fairways," is in search of her first victory as an official member of the LPGA Tour (she won the 2010 Kia Classic, beating Park by six after coming into the final round with a five-shot lead, but wasn't a member), and Lang will be looking for her first career win.

For Park, who triumphed at the 2008 U.S. Open as an 18-year-old but hasn't won since, it's a chance to get back in the winner's circle.

"It would be great," said Park, who has a boatload of top-25 finishes and is ranked 26th in the world, of finding that winning form again. "I haven't won for a while, so it would be nice to win tomorrow. But I'll just go out there ... with no expectations."

For the snakebitten Lang, who ranks 35th in the world and has 34 top-10 finishes in her six years on tour, two birdies and an eagle on her final three holes Saturday have her within striking distance.

"The more I can be there, the better, so I can finally get a breakthrough," she said. "I'm going to focus to get off to a hot start because that back nine is not very difficult."

Seo just wants to make sure she stays in Park's mirror and gets a chance to overtake.

"I have had a few opportunities to win but I lost every time, so if I have a chance to win, I want to."

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden is four behind the leader at 10-under-par with a group of four — Americans Nicole Hage and Sandra Changkija, Swede Karin Sjodin and China's Shanshan Feng — five shots back at 9-under.

Americans Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson were at 8-under going into the final round, tied with South Koreans Chella Choi and So Yeon Ryu.

"It's Sunday, anything can happen," Nordqvist said. "People are going to be nervous ... so I think you just have to go out there and try to shoot as low as you can."

tim.mckay@sunmedia.ca


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