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Natalie Gulbis, 2 others tied for lead at LPGA Titleholders


Sandra Gal waves to the crowd as she approaches the 18th green while playing in the second round of the LPGA Titleholders at the Tiburon Golf Club on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Naples, Fla. Gal built a three-shot lead in the second round of the tournament. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, David Albers) FORT MYERS OUT (The Associated Press)

Natalie Gulbis got off to a rocky start and put herself in position for a great finish. That describes her year as much as her third round Saturday in the LPGA Titleholders.

Gulbis hooked a 5-iron into the water and made bogey on the par-5 opening hole, and then bounced back for a 7-under 65. That gave Gulbis a share of the lead with Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand. They each had a 67.

The leaders were at 11-under 205, though it was far from a three-player race for the richest prize in women's golf.

Stacy Lewis virtually wrapped up the Vare Trophy with a tournament-record 63. She was among those two shots behind. Michelle Wie shot 66 and was three shots behind.