Gulbis, Kim top Jamie Farr leaderboard

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Natalie Gulbis birdied her final hole to pull into a three-way tie for the lead in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic on Saturday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Natalie Gulbis birdied her final hole to pull into a three-way tie for the lead before play was suspended late in the third round of the storm-plagued Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic on Saturday. Gulbis, seeking her first US LPGA Tour victory, birdied the par-5 17th to tie Reilley Rankin and Mi Hyun Kim at 12 under. Kim also birdied the 17th just before play was stopped, while Rankin completed 16 holes. Paula Creamer and Se Ri Pak were a shot back, and Annika Sorenstam also made a birdie putt on her last hole - the 15th - to pull within four shots of the leaders. Pak is trying to match Mickey Wright's US LPGA Tour record of five victories in one event. Play was stopped at 8 p.m. local time to afford course workers some daylight. Play will resume early Sunday morning, with the final round to follow. Gulbis, the tour's cover girl, is trying to shed the image that she's all looks but doesn't have the game to play with the sport's elite. She's playing in her 126th tour event and despite cashing checks and threatening to win, she's never followed through. She led at nine under after rounds of 67 and 66, then dropped off the pace with a three-putt bogey from short range at the ninth hole. She recovered with birdies at the 10th, 15th and 17th holes to get a piece of the lead. Rankin has not finished better than fourth in her 63 previous US LPGA Tour events. She followed an opening 66 with a 68 that left her a shot behind Gulbis at the tournament's midpoint. She played steady throughout the third round, with five birdies and one bogey before play was called. (AP)

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