Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has built on her strong start at the LPGA event in Florida on Sunday (NZ time).
After starting the day tied for 11th, Ko carded a three-under par 69 in her third round to move up and claim a share of ninth on the leaderboard, with an overall score of eight-under.
Ko is five shots behind leader Sei Young Kim and tied with Americans Cristie Kerr, Mina Harigae, and Aussie Hannah Green.
Her round began with bogeys on the first and sixth holes, before reeling off four birdies through the final 10 holes in her pursuit of the championship she last won in 2014.
On Saturday, the 24-year-old bounced back from a rough opening round to card the best second-round score of the day, as her seven-under par 65 propelled her 48 places up the board.
Now ranked 36th in the world, Ko is chasing her eighth top-15 finish in her last 12 starts since bringing new coach Sean Foley on board in July.
Ko tees off her final round early Monday morning.