Pernilla Lindberg holds a three shot lead heading into the final day of competition ©Getty Images

Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg pulled clear of the field at the ANA Inspiration as she set a 54-hole tournament record at the Mission Hills Country Club in California.

Lingberg led for the opening two rounds of the first of this year's five major championships of professional women's golf.

Lindberg ended the day two-under to maintain clear of the field.

The Swedish player now lies on 14-under-par, beating the previous record of 13-under-par achieved by the United States’ Amy Alcott and Dottie Pepper.

Lindberg holds a three-shot lead over America's Amy Olson, 11-under-par through three rounds.

Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn is a further shot back in third place, having been one of the most impressive performers on the day.

Amy Olson lies in second place ©Getty Images
Amy Olson lies in second place ©Getty Images

She achieved a six-under-par round of 66, which moved her four shots behind the leader.

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park had been the co-leader overnight but dropped back to lie on the same score as Jutanugarn.

She is joined by her team-mate Inbee Park, along with England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Charley Hull.

American Jennifer Song is also four shots back from the leader.

The group will hope to surge on the final day of competition tomorrow as they look to put pressure on the leader Lindberg.