Any momentum Stacy Lewis gained from a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday was later erased by a rules infraction. Lewis was penalized two strokes under Rule 13-4 after her caddie, Travis Wilson, tested the surface of a fairway bunker on the 16th hole with his feet.
"More than anything, I just feel bad for him because he feels awful," Lewis said. "But he's the best caddie out here, so we'll be fine. We still have a chance to win tomorrow."
Lewis now trails Ai Miyazato by four strokes heading into the final round of the LPGA Founders Cup, where birdies drop with regularity. Miyazato leads the race at 19-under 197.
"In my mind I shot a bogey-free 66 today," Lewis said. "And that's what I'm going to take home tonight."
For Miyazato, it was welcome cushion against one of the hottest players on tour. Lewis, 28, has a lot on the line this week. A victory on Sunday would give her the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings, unseating Yani Tseng for the first time in 110 weeks.