Pornanong Phatlum shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday to maintain a one-shot lead after 54 holes of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The 28-year-old Thai finished her third day at Royal Lytham & St Annes with one bogey offset by four birdies to reach 13-under par, one shot clear of hometown favorite Georgia Hall.
“Today, still nervous right now, and yeah, I just try to play on my best, and I played very solid round today,” said Phatlum.
As they were on Saturday, Phatlum and Hall will be paired together in Sunday’s final group.
Korea’s So Yeon Ryu shot a joint low-round 5-under 67, to move to solo third at 11-under par. Sung Hyun Park (69), Mamiko Higa (71) and Minjee Lee (71) were next at 10 under.
TOP 10 LEADERS
POS-PLAYER-TO PAR (TODAY)
1. Pornanong Phatlum -13 (-3)
2. Georgia Hall -12 (-3)
3. So Yeon Ryu -11 (-5)
4. Minjee Lee -10 (-1)
4. Mamiko Higa -10 (-1)
4. Sung Hyun Park -10 (-3)
7. Brooke Henderson -8 (-3)
7. Mina Harigae -8 (-3)
9. Teresa Lu -7 (+1)
9. Lydia Ko -7 (-2)
9. Phoebe Yao -7 (-2)
9. Yu Liu -7 (-4)
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EXIT QUESTION FOR PHATLUM
What was the atmosphere like today? What did it feel like playing today? Was it different than normal?
PORNANONG PHATLUM: Yeah, more nervous, and yeah, so exciting to play major tournament. Yeah, get more nervous for today and just try to calm down and relax.