Lexi stays on top

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WASH­ING­TON: Lexi Thomp­son, seek­ing her first win of the sea­son, fired a two-un­der par 69 Satur­day to main­tain her lead af­ter the third round of the LPGA Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship.

The Amer­i­can stands on 14-un­der 199 af­ter 54 holes for a three­stroke edge over a crowded leader­board that com­prises a United Na­tions mix of elite women golfers.

South Korea’s Chun In-Gee is sec­ond af­ter shoot­ing a 67 to reach 202.

Lexi had three birdies Satur­day and made bo­gey on the par-3 17th for the sec­ond time this week.

She doesn’t plan on mak­ing any big changes for yes­ter­day’s fi­nal round.

“I have to have the same mind­set I had the last three days,” said the dare­devil Lexi, who ar­rived on the course for the start of Wed­nes­day’s pro-am round by parachut­ing out of a air­plane.

“I am go­ing to fo­cus on my own game.

“Hope­fully that brings me to where I need to be.”

World num­ber one Ly­dia Ko of New Zealand fired a 70 to join Aus­tralian Lee Min-Jee (67) and South Korea’s Kim Sei-Young (66) in third, five shots adrift of Lexi.

Swe­den’s Made­lene Sagstrom (68), China’s Feng Shan­shan (70) and Amer­i­can Danielle Kang (69) share sixth at seven-un­der 206. Amer­i­can Ge­rina Piller, Karine Icher of France and South Korean-born Aussie Oh Su-Hyun are among five play­ers tied for ninth at 207.

Sei-Young tal­lied six birdies, in­clud­ing four on the back nine. She wasn’t pleased with Fri­day’s sec­ond round so she put in some ex­tra time on the driv­ing range and putting greens.

“I’m very happy to play well,” Sei-Young said.

“I needed to im­prove my shots and my putting af­ter yes­ter­day. Af­ter my round I prac­ticed a lit­tle bit, and then I played well to­day.” AFP

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