Seasoned pro Cristie Kerr carded a third round six-under-par 65 to take a slender one-shot lead over overnight leader Shanshan Feng in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Kerr carded seven birdies and one bogey on the East Course to replace Feng at the top of the leaderboard as the tournament heads into the final day. The 40-year old Kerr has shown consistent form all year, winning the LOTTE Championship in April and claiming a further eight top-10 finishes to date.
“Well, I definitely hit it better, and when I give my putter chances, usually I do okay with that. So it’s been fun the last couple days,” said Kerr, who has 19 LPGA titles to her name.
“I’m just going to enjoy it. I’m really blessed. I’m just going to try to not put too much pressure on myself. I didn’t hit it great coming in on the back but I didn’t stress about it. I just tried to do the best I could. That’s where I play my best golf from; I try to do the best on every shot, so that’s my mantra tomorrow,” she added.
Feng had a quiet round by her standards on a course she is very at home with, making 3-under par 68. But with a record around the East Course that boasts two wins and two runner-up finishes in the last four years, she will fancy her chances on Sunday.
The world no. 6 from China said: “I think the key is to find the fairways and to find the greens here and I think that’s what I’ve been doing pretty well. Even if I’m not on the greens, maybe the up-and-downs wouldn’t have been too hard, but I’m just feeling comfortable here. I’m not really trying to think about that bogey-free thing, I just want to keep the good playing going.”
In third place, and four shots off the lead, Sei Young Kim of Korea continues to keep some pressure on the leaders and will be looking for a strong finish to bring herself into contention on Sunday.
Amateur Winnie Ng continued to lead the eight-strong Malaysian contingent, shooting a 75 to be the best-placed local player in 56th position on four-over-par.
Speaking about her plan for the final round, Ng said: “My game plan is to play safe, play like a professional, hit for the middle of the green and hope for the best.”
Pink Saturday saw a sea of pink descend on TPC Kuala Lumpur as the tournament continued in its efforts to raise funds for charitable partner Cancer Research Malaysia. With RM 181,450 raised over the first two days, organisers will have good reason to be pleased.