KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Thailand’s in-form Pornanong Phatlum shot six-under-par-65 on Saturday to seize a three-stroke lead on the third day at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Pornanong surged to the top of the leaderboard after firing a string of birdies while others struggled in humid conditions at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
The Thai star notched an impressive eight birdies, bettering the seven she notched
Friday to compile an aggregate score of 14-under 199.
Pornanong picked up seven shots over her first 10 holes, but then suffered a lapse with bogeys on the par-five 12th and 16th before she holed her final birdie on 17.
“I don’t know why I was nervous (on the back nine). But I kept my concentration (and) I putted well including a 10-foot putt on the eighth,” the 24-year Thai player said.
“Of course I will try hard to win. I hope I can do well. For Sunday, going into the final round I will just play my game and play shot by shot.”
Meanwhile Japan’s Ayako Uehara played another strong round to sit in second place on 11-under total after a round of 69, following her 63 on Friday.
“Very tough pin position and distance. But I think I had a good round,” she said.
South Korea’s Chella Choi and Feng Shanshan of China are one shot behind, alongside New Zealand teen Lydia Ko and overnight leader Ryu So-Yeon, who is now forced to play catch-up.