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Lewis leads Mobile Bay LPGA Classic after 3 rounds

Associated Press Modified: April 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm •  Published: April 28, 2012

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Stacy Lewis will probably chat away with Brittany Lincicome, who might squeeze in some Sudoku time during pauses in the action.

Nothing like good friends and puzzles to keep a high-stakes round of golf loose. The two pals and France's Karine Icher will play in the final group Sunday with the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic title on the line.

Lewis birdied five of the last seven holes Saturday for her second straight 5-under 67, giving her a two-stroke lead over Lincicome entering the final round.

"We'll try to just keep each other relaxed, and hopefully we'll have a pretty close tournament coming to the end," Lewis said.

Lewis, the Kraft Nabisco Championship winner last year, had a 14-under 202 total.

The long-hitting Lincicome, a two-time winner last season, also shot a 67.

"It's going to be very exciting," said Lincicome, the 2010 runner-up. "It's fun to play with a friend because it kind of relaxes you a little. So going into it, we'll still be chit-chatting like we always do and just play as if it were just a practice round on Tuesday and not hopefully be overly stressed ... and just go out there and have a good time."

Lewis had two bogeys on the front nine to fall behind Lincicome before making a late charge for the second straight day. The former Arkansas star had four birdies on the final six holes Friday, though she also closed with a bogey.

Her third-round run started with a fairway bunker shot to 8 feet on No. 12.

"Something clicked," she said. "Everything just seemed to slow down. My caddie told me I just seemed to relax more. I just had a lot of fun coming in."

Now, she gets a chance "just to kind of prove to people that the major meant something."

Lewis said she didn't check the leaderboard after the 13th hole, when she was still two strokes behind Lincicome.

"You kind of get in a zone where shots are good and they're going where you want them to go and the putts go in," she said.

Lincicome stayed in her zone by playing Sudoku during waits on the course, "just to take my mind off playing golf." Sun Young Yoo's caddie, Adam Woodward, helped her finish a puzzle she started in Hawaii at the last tournament.

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