BANGKOK: Amy Yang and Minjee Lee shared a narrow lead Saturday after the third round of the LPGA Thailand, as the top spot continues to change hands going into the final day.
South Korea’s Yang started out two strokes short of Friday frontrunner Jenny Shin but closed the gap thanks to six birdies and a bogey-free round to sign for 66 and 15-under par aggregate.
World number seven Lee carded a bogey on the ninth hole but six birdies including a long putt on the 18th sealed her portion of the lead.
The Australian is eyeing a fifth LPGA title and said she felt ready.
“I’ve been holing a couple more putts this week than the other two weeks that I played, so that’s a good sign,” she said in an interview on LPGA.com. “And I’ve been hitting it pretty solid, so that’s pretty nice too.”
Shin trailed Yang and Lee by only two shots after a frustrating two bogeys on the 2nd and 5th holes. But two birdies and an eagle on the 18th kept her in sight of victory.
LPGA Australian Open winner Nelly Korda was one stroke behind her after sinking seven birdies and one bogey.
The US$1.6 million LPGA Thailand is being held at the par-72 Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course in Chonburi province.
Thailand’s world number 1 Ariya Jutanugarn crept closer to the leading pack with a round of 68 but is still seven shots away from the front.
She is also tied with her sister Moriya.