Lewis clings to lead in Thailand|
Chonburi, Thailand (SportsNetwork.com) - Stacy Lewis struggled to a 1-over 73
in the third round Saturday, but she remained atop the leaderboard at the
Honda LPGA Thailand.
Lewis ended 54 holes at 13-under-par 203. She will go for her 12th LPGA Tour
title on Sunday.
Amy Yang managed a 1-under 71 and she closed within one stroke of Lewis at
minus-12. Sandra Gal matched the low round of the day with her 4-under 68.
That helped Gal jump into third place at 11-under-par 205.
Jenny Shin and Mirim Lee both carded 2-under 70s at Siam Country Club. They
share fourth place at minus-10. Yani Tseng is alone in sixth place at minus-8
after a 70 of her own.
Lee-Anne Pace (71), reigning Women's British Open champion Mo Martin (70) and
Chella Choi (69) are tied for seventh at 7-under-par 209.
Lewis opened with a birdie at the first to move to 15-under. However, she gave
that stroke back with a bogey on the second. Following a par on the third,
Lewis faltered to three straight bogeys from the fourth to tumble out of the
lead at minus-11.
Yang, who was in the final group with Lewis, also birdied the first to get to
minus-12. She remained there as she ran off 10 consecutive pars from the
Lewis parred six in a row from the seventh before regaining the lead. Yang
stumbled to a bogey at the 12th to fall into a tie with Lewis at 11-under.
Lewis then made birdie on the 13th to grab the lead. Yang dipped two back as
she bogeyed the 14th.
With the tees moved up on the par-4 15th, both Lewis and Yang drove the green.
Lewis pushed her lead to three as she rolled in a 10-footer for eagle, while
Yang 2-putted for birdie.
Lewis parred the next two holes before making a mess of the 18th. She found
the right rough with her second at the par-5 closing hole. Lewis missed the
green on her approach. She chipped to 14 feet and narrowly missed the par putt
to post 13-under.
"That (being in the lead) is pretty much the only good thing that came out of
today," admitted Lewis. "I was a bit all over the place today. I played six
really bad holes to start the day, but then got things going."
Yang tripped to a 3-putt bogey at the par-3 16th, but she came back with a 10-
foot birdie putt on No. 17. She converted a 6-footer for birdie at the last to
inch within one after three rounds.
"I'll just do my best one shot at a time. I won't think about too much," said
Yang, who has finished inside the top-5 in three of her last four starts
dating to the end of last season.
NOTES: Lewis owned the 54-hole lead 13th time in her LPGA Tour career ... She
has won eight of the previous 12 times she was in that position, including
three of the last four ... Defending champion Anna Nordqvist posted a 3-under
69 on Saturday and she moved into a share of 15th at minus-5.
02/28 07:43:07 ET