Yani Tseng made the mistake of grabbing the trophy before the end of a major tournament once already this year — and lost.
With a five-shot lead after the third round of the LPGA Championship on Saturday in Pittsford, N.Y., the top-ranked Tseng doesn't intend to make the same mistake again.
"When I see a trophy, I just figure I want to grab it," Tseng said, recalling how she might have jinxed herself at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. That's when she grabbed the trophy as she stepped to the first tee upon opening the final round, and then proceeded to squander a two-shot lead in finishing second to Stacy Lewis.
"It just did not work out at Kraft, so I better not touch it this time," Tseng said, smiling. "That's how I learn."
The way she's playing, Tseng has reason to be patient in a bid to win her fourth career major, and eighth tournament. She essentially ran away from the field with a 5-under 67 that has her at 13-under 203 at Locust Hill Country Club.
Americans Morgan Pressel (70) and Cindy LaCrosse (69) were tied for second, and Hee Young Park (72) was seven shots behind Tseng. Defending champion Cristie Kerr matched Tseng with a third-round best 67 to join Lewis (70), Meena Lee (70) and Paula Creamer (72) at 5 under.
Tseng, who turned 22 in January, is a round away from becoming the youngest to win four major golf tournaments. She also won LPGA Championship during her rookie-of-the-year season in 2008, when the event was played at Bulle Rock in Maryland, and took the Kraft Nabisco and Women's British Open last year.
Tiger Woods and Se Ri Pak were 24 when they won their fourth majors. Patty Berg was 23 when she won her fourth major in 1941, but before the LPGA was formed in 1950.
"That sounds pretty good. I'm working on that," Tseng said, when informed of the elite company she has a chance of passing. "Tomorrow, I'm just going to go there and smile all day and then play smart."
Traveler's Championship — UCLA star Patrick Cantlay tumbled down the leaderboard a day after shooting the lowest score by an amateur in PGA Tour history, while Fredrik Jacobson had a 7-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Bryce Molder at Cromwell, Conn.
Jacobson closed with a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to cap his third straight bogey-free round. The Swede opened with rounds of 65 and 66 and the 63 left him at 16 under at TPC River Highlands.
Moulder, who also opened with rounds of 65 and 66, shot a 64.
The 19-year-old Cantlay followed his course-record 60 with a 72 to fall five strokes behind Jacobson. Cantlay bogeyed the final two holes. An amateur hasn't won a PGA Tour event since Phil Mickelson in the 1991 Northern Telecom Open in Arizona.
Dick's Sporting Goods Open — Mark Wiebe shot a 4-under 68 in the second round at Endicott, N.Y., to take a two-stroke lead over John Huston in a bid for his second straight Champions Tour victory.
Wiebe, who won two weeks ago at Rock Barn, had an 11-under 133 total at En-Joie Golf Club. Huston had a 70.
BMW International Open — England's Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen and three others in Munich.
Foster birdied four of the last seven holes to finish at 14-under 202.
Garcia shot a 64, and Goosen had a 67. Robert Coles (65), Pablo Larrazabal (69) and George Coetzee (70) also were 12 under. Garcia needs to win or finish second to earn a spot in the British Open.