|-9 Min Lee (Chn Taipei) -7 M Castren (Fin), L Kim (US).|
|Selected others: -4 L Maguire (Irl), -2 C Hull (Eng); +1 J Ewart Shadoff (Eng)+1 G Hall (Eng)|
Ireland’s Leona Maguire has dropped to five shots behind leader Min Lee after a difficult third round at the LPGA Mediheal Championship in California.
Magire, who led by a stroke after a first-round of seven-under-par 65, had a triple bogey, a double bogey and a bogey on the front nine.
However an eagle on the 18th rescued a two-over-par round of 74, which left the Cavan player on four-under.
Lee of Chinese Taipei leads the tournament on nine-under-par.
After her stunning opening round on Thursday was followed by another solid run in the second round, Maguire sat in second place overnight but a double bogey on the first hole set her charge back.
A birdie on the fifth offered a brief reprieve however a bogey and a triple bogey on the eighth and ninth left her down the leaderboard.
However world number 92 Maguire regrouped on the back nine, with a bogey on the 16th her only dropped shot as she picked up two birdies before a superb eagle on the final hole.
England’s Charley Hull struck a one-over third round of 73 to sit in 23rd position on two-under, with compatriots Georgia Hall and Jodi Ewart Shadoff three shots further back on one-over-par.
Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow missed the cut by seven shots after carding a 75 that left her on 11 over for the tournament.