Choi leads by one, stage set for exciting final day

Another protracted weather delay failed to dampen the fireworks during the third round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC).

Korea’s Choi Na Yeon topped the leaderboard after an exciting day of golf, carding a superb four-under-par 67 on KLGCC’s East Course to take pole position with a total of 12-under-par. She leads by one shot from second round co-leader Brittany Lang of the United States, who nailed four birdies on the back nine against two bogeys going out for a 69. Spain’s Azahara Munoz shot her second successive 68 and is in third spot on 10-under-par.

“I played very well and satisfied with my game today.  I’m also very excited that I’m here (on top of the leaderboard) and looking forward for tomorrow,” said Choi, who almost aced the par three 15th hole to set up an easy birdie but feels good about her game these past few weeks.

World No. 1 Yani Tseng lies ominously in fourth spot just four shots off the pace after a round of 69, tied on eight-under-par with American Stacy Lewis and Korean icon Pak Se Ri.  Lewis, who shared the second round lead with Lang, had a double bogey at the par-three 15th en route to a 72.

The round of the day belonged to Pak, who nailed seven birdies against just one bogey for a six-under-par 65 to match the tournament record. Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist could have bettered that mark if not for a double bogey on her closing hole, settling for a 65 as well and is in tied 15th spot on two-under-par.

The leading Malaysian was the country’s top amateur Kelly Tan, who shot a 74 to lie in 64th spot on 11-over-par. 18-year-old Aretha Pan also shot 74 to be the next best Malaysian in 65th place on 12-over-par.

Malaysian professional Jean Chua came in with a 73 and is in 67th place on 14-over-par. The fourth Malaysian in the field, recently-turned professional Ainil Johani, shot a 77 and is 70th in the 72-player field on 20-over-par.

Leading round three scores:

201 – Choi Na Yeon (KOR) 66-68-67

202 – Brittany Lang (USA) 66-67-69

203 – Azahara Munoz (ESP) 67-68-68

205 –Se Ri Pak (KOR) 72-68-65, Yani Tseng (TPE) 69-67-69, Stacy Lewis (USA) 68-65-72

206 – Suzann Pettersen (NOR) 68-69-69

207 – Paula Creamer (USA) 71-67-69, Michelle Wie (USA) 68-68-71

208 – I.K. Kim (KOR) 68-68-72

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