FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — Trish Johnson shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Senior LPGA Championship, the first major championship for senior women.
The 51-year-old Englishwoman opened with a double bogey and had three birdies and a bogey on French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course. She had a 5-under 139 total.
“I’m not feeling as happy as I was after Day 1. It was hard work and it wasn’t enjoyable,” Johnson said. “I didn’t play well and I didn’t putt well so I suppose level par is pretty good after I lost my tee shot off the first. It was a battle to say the least.”
Johnson won the Legends Tour Championship last year at French Lick, beating Juli Inkster on the sixth hole of a playoff. The eight-time European Solheim Cup player won three times on the LPGA Tour and 19 times on the Ladies European Tour.
Michele Redman was second after a 69. She played at Indiana University.
“It would be extra special to have a big finish,” Redman said. “I would love to win this. There is no question that I would love to win this because I know a lot of…