Lexi Thompson cruises into three-shot lead at Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Last Updated: 13/10/13 10:48am
Lexi Thompson: Kept a bogey off her card in third round
Lexi Thompson roared into a three-shot lead after a flawless third-round 66 at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
The American teenager followed up her dazzling second-day 63 with an error-free five-birdie round to take control of the tournament ahead of halfway leader Il-hee Lee.
After play was delayed by over an hour due to the threat of lightning, Thompson picked up three birdies in four holes from the fourth and added two more at 10 and 13 before parring in to set the pace on 17 under.
The 18-year-old attributed her excellent form to a vast improvement in her putting, and she is confident of maintaining her momentum on the final day.
"The last few events have actually been a lot better with my putting," said the 18-year-old. "I went back to my old style of putting and just went to how I was putting when I was really little.
"So I'm feeling really confident with my putter, and mainly that is what putting is all about. It's just getting over the putter and saying you're going to make it.
"I think this game is all about momentum. Once you make a few birdies you feel good and just try to keep that going."
South Korea's Lee endured a difficult day but birdied the last to salvage a one-under 70, while world No 2 Suzann Pettersen earned a share of third on 11 under after a bogey-free 67.
The Solheim Cup star shares third with last week's Reignwood Classic champion Shanshan Feng, while England's Jode Ewart-Shadoff is nine shots off the pace after a 69.