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Live from the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship

PITTSFORD -- Good afternoon from beautiful Locust Hill Country Club. We're here for today's final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship. We, as in myself, Jay Skurski, along with columnist Bob DiCesare, sports reporter Ryan Marfurt and photographer Mark Mulville.

We drove through some pretty heavy rain showers along the Thruway, but there's no rain right now at the course. The leaders are set to tee off in a few minutes. 

There are some good scores to be had today. Karen Stupples is already in with a 7-under 65 that featured six birdies, an eagle and a bogey. That moved her from a tie for 76th up to a tie for 40th. There was also a hole-in-one by Sarah Kemp on the 161-yard par-3 fifth hole. It's just the second ace in Rochester LPGA Tournament competition history, joined by Dale Eggeling in the second round of the 2000 tournament.

We'll have updates on the blog throughout the day, so stick with us. Mark and Ryan are out on the course presently, and Bob and I will soon join them to watch some of the early action.

4:10 p.m.: Just walked the first six holes with leader Yani Tseng and Cindy LaCrosse, who started the day in solo second place. In a word, WOW. Tseng is simply superb. What started as a five-stroke lead has ballooned to nine shots. Tseng is 3-under through the first six holes. She bounced back from a bogey on No. 1 with a kick-in birdie on the par-4 second, starting a run of four birdies in five holes. That's got her to 16-under. LaCrosse has dropped a shot, moving back to 7-under. She's tied for second with Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

4:44 p.m.: The leaders have made the turn and the only question is how low Tseng can get. She's at 17-under now after another birdie at No. 8. That's five birdies on the first nine holes to go along with one bogey. in the race for second place, Stacy Lewis has pulled ahead to 8-under. She's a shot ahead of LaCrosse, who is at 7-under. A group of five players is tied for fourth at 6-under, including Suzann Pettersen, Pat Hurst, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

5:07 p.m.: Tseng's losing it. She's made three pars in a row. At that pace, she might not match the tournament-record 19-under Kerr shot last season. LaCrosse and Pressel, the two players closest to her when the day started, are going backward. Pressel is 2-over through 11, while LaCrosse made double bogey on 10 to move to 3-over for the day. She's 12 shots back at 5-under. 

5:59: p.m.: Tseng simply doesn't like making bogeys. After dropping a shot at No. 13, she bounced right back with another birdie at the 14th. Tseng's got a look at birdie on No. 15, as well. Pressel and Suzann Pettersen are tied for second at 8-under. Pettersen dropped a shot at the tough par-4 18th, while Pressel is playing No. 16.

7:09 p.m.: Tseng nearly closed it out in style, just missing a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have set the tournament scoring record at 20-under. She settled for par and 19-under, matching the score of Cristie Kerr last season and giving the 22-year-old her four major championship. Check back on the blog later for more analysis of the final round and be sure to read Monday's Buffalo News for complete coverage of the final day. Until then ... bye for now.

---Jay Skurski

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