Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum will go into the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with a three-shot lead over Japan’s Ayako Uehara.
Pornanong carded a 65 in today’s third round at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club’s East Course and will be aiming to become the first Thai to win on the LPGA Tour. She got off to a hot start, making six birdies on the par 35 first nine for an outward score of 29. However, Pornanong was unable to maintain her momentum and played the home stretch in even par.
“I putted very well today and made just about everything. The front nine was amazing but on the back nine I was a little nervous and just kept concentrating on my game,” said the 24-year-old from Chaiyaphum in north-eastern Thailand.
“I will try hard to get my first win on the LPGA Tour as my goal this year is to win at least one tournament. I feel very welcome here and it’s just like playing at home,” she added.
Halfway leader So Yeon Ryu of Korea meanwhile finished with a pair of double bogeys after hitting into the water on both the 17th and 18th holes and is four shots adrift of the lead with compatriot Chella Choi, China’s Shanshan Feng and New Zealand’s teen sensation Lydia Ko.
Malaysian No 1 Kelly Tan shot a third round 71 and is the best-placed local player in joint 55th place on three-over-par.