CARLSBAD, Calif. - Beatriz Recari holds a two-stroke lead over Hall of Famer Karrie Webb entering Sunday's final round of the $1.7 million Kia Classic at the Aviara Golf Club at the Park Hyatt Resort.
Recari and Webb are both trying to end victory droughts. Recari's only LPGA Tour victory came in 2010, her rookie season, when she captured the CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge in 2010. Webb's last LPGA Tour victory came in the 2011 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.
"Winning is very simple," said Recari, a 25-year-old from Pamplona, Spain. "You just make it hard for yourself and you start thinking the wrong things."
The winner will receive $255,000.
Recari began Saturday's third round with a one-stroke lead over Webb, fell two strokes behind her, then regained the lead thanks to an eagle on the par-4 16th and Webb's bogeys on the final two holes.
"I'm proud of myself for how I managed myself and just going to focus on my own thing and my own game and just be patient," Recari said after shooting a three-under-par 69 to go to 11-under-par 205 for the tournament. "That paid off with that birdie on 11, the eagle on 16."
Recari had her third consecutive bogey-free round.
"I don't think I have ever played bogey-free after three rounds," Recari said.
Paula Creamer, tied for third with I.K. Kim at eight-under-par 208, three shots behind Recari, called her feat of not having a bogey through three rounds "very impressive."
"It's hard to not have a bogey out there," said Creamer, who has six for the tournament, including three Saturday. "She's making a lot of pars, making the birdies when she needs to."
Webb, who was playing in the group ahead of Recari, took the lead when she birdied the ninth hole to go to two-under-par for the round and nine-under-par for the tournament. She added a stroke to her lead over Recari by birdieing the 10th hole.
Webb's lead was reduced by one stroke when she bogeyed the 13th. Webb dropped into second when she bogeyed the 17th and fell two shots behind Recari when she bogeyed the 18th, completing her round at two-under-par 70.
"I played really well, just a couple of bad swings on 17... and the swing off the tee on 18, so just not a great, great finish," Webb said Saturday.
"But obviously only two shots behind and I feel good with how I'm playing and I've just go to do that again tomorrow."
Stacy Lewis, who moved atop the Rolex Women's Golf Rankings Monday after winning the last two LPGA Tour tournaments, is among three golfers tied for seventh at seven-under-par 209, four strokes behind Recari.
Lewis shot a three-under-par 69 Saturday after beginning the tournament with consecutive rounds of two-under-par 70.