Golf: Sizzling Salas moves to four clear at Meijer Classic

Golf: Sizzling Salas moves to four clear at Meijer Classic
Lizette Salas watches her shot from the eighth fairway during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic
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GRAND RAPIDS, United States - Lizette Salas moved four strokes ahead of the field by firing a bogey-free seven-under 64 in the third round of the USLPGA Tour's Meijer Classic on Saturday.

The 26-year-old American Salas birdied three of her first four holes and added three straight birdies beginning at No. 14 to finish 54-holes at 16-under 197.

She set the event's 54-hole scoring record, breaking the old mark of 200 set by Park In-Bee in the first year of the tournament.

Salas' lone USLPGA Tour win came at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Salas' playing partner Saturday was Lexi Thompson, who posted a three-under 68 at Blythefield Country Club and shares second place with Kris Tamulis (67) at 12-under.

Brittany Lincicome, South Korean Ryu So-Yeon and Caroline Masson, of Germany, all shot six-under 65 to move into a tie for fourth at 10-under-par 203.

They were joined there by Gerina Piller (69), Alison Lee (70) and Katie Burnett (66).

World number one Park headlines a group of four players in a tie for 10th. She posted a five-under 66 to end three rounds on 204.

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