Thomp­son up by 3 at Kingsmill

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WIL­LIAMS­BURG, VA. >> Lexi Thomp­son re­mained in po­si­tion for her first vic­tory since a rules in­frac­tion cost her a ma­jor ti­tle, shoot­ing a 2-un­der 69 in tricky wind con­di­tions Satur­day to take a three-stroke lead over In Gee Chun into the fi­nal round of the Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship. Thomp­son is play­ing her third event since los­ing the ANA In­spi­ra­tion in a play­off af­ter be­ing pe­nal­ized four strokes for a rules vi­o­la­tion that a TV viewer re­ported. “I’m as de­ter­mined as any other per­son out here,” Thomp­son said. “We all want to win. I have a lit­tle bit more drive now, I would say, but I’m just go­ing to go out there and be con­fi­dent and see where it goes.”

The long-hit­ting Florida player had three birdies and a bo­gey — on the par-3 17th — to reach 14-un­der 199 on Kingsmill’s River Course. “Pretty solid, just was all over the lips to­day on the greens,” Thomp­son said. “But I put some good strokes on a lot of my putts, so that’s all that mat­ters. Hope­fully, bring that into to­mor­row.”

She has led af­ter all three rounds, open­ing with con­sec­u­tive 65s.

“Same mind-set as the last three days,” Thomp­son said. “All I’m fo­cus­ing on is my own game and stick­ing to my rou­tine and com­mit­ting to my lines off the tees and just hav­ing fun with my cad­die in be­tween shots.”

Chun had a 67. The twotime ma­jor cham­pion had six birdies and two bo­geys. “I love tough cour­ses,” Chun said. “To­day was tougher be­cause the wind was from a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.”

Top-ranked Ly­dia Ko was five strokes back at 9 un­der af­ter a 70. Try­ing to hold off So Yeon Ryu and Ariya Ju­tanu­garn for the No. 1 spot, Ko is win­less since July.

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Lexi Thomp­son had three birdies and a bo­gey at the Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

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