Lexi Thompson posted a 2-under 69 on Saturday and takes a 3-shot lead into the final round at the Kingsmill Championship.
In Gee Chun, who shot a 4-under 67, is alone in second place, three strokes back of Thompson.
Rounding out the top-5 is a threesome tied at 9-under, including World No. 1 Lydia Ko, Sei Young Kim and Minjee Lee.
How Lexi Did It
Thompson wasn’t quite as impressive today as she’d been in the first two rounds, but the 22-year-old star did post her third straight round in the 60s to maintain the same three shot lead she held after 36 holes.
Thompson played to even-par through eight holes, but a key birdie on the par-4 9th allowed her to make the turn at 1-under. Two more birdies on 13 and 15 got her to 15-under, and a four stroke lead, but a late bogey on 17 dropped her back to 14-under.
“I feel good. I played very well today. Pretty solid, just was all over the lips today on the greens. But I put some good strokes on a lot of my putts, so that’s all that matters. Hopefully bring that into tomorrow.”
–Lexi Thompson, 54-hole leader
— LPGA (@LPGA) May 21, 2017
- Thompson’s 14-under 199 is tied for the third-lowest 54-hole score in Kingsmill history, behind Paula Creamer’s 197 in 2012 and the 198s of Cristie Kerr (2009) and Lindsey Wright (199)
- Thompson and Chun lead the field with 16 birdies each this week
- Thompson has hit 87% (47 of 54) greens so far to lead the tournament
- Thompson is seeking LPGA career win number eight
- Thompson’s best closing round at Kingsmill is a 66, which she shot in 2015 en route to a T5 finish
Through 54 holes
|2||In Gee Chun||-11|
|3||Sei Young Kim||-9|
|15||Sung Hyun Park||-4|
|15||So Yeon Ryu||-4|
|28||Sarah Jane Smith||-3|
|28||Wei Ling Hsu||-3|
|40||Mi Jung Hur||-2|
|48||Sun Young Yoo||-1|
|54||Laura Gonzalez Escallon||E|
|63||Na Yeon Choi||1|
|63||Nicole Broch Larsen||1|
Credit: LPGA Communications