Defending Champion Na Yeon Choi Leads 2012 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia After Third Round

Na Yeon Choi (click to enlarge)

Defending Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia champion Na Yeon Choi leads the 2012 tournament by 2 strokes after the third round. Her 4 birdie, 1 bogey 3-under 68 (par is 71 here) has the world #4 sitting atop the leaderboard at 13-under. While the 2012 US Open winner is in position for her second LPGA title of the year, she need only look over her shoulder to find 2008 US Women’s Open champion and fellow South Korean Inbee Park on her heels at 11-under. It’s been an interesting year for NYC. Of course, there really isn’t anything to complain about. After all, she won the biggest women’s golf tournament in the world, not to mention a couple more runner-up finishes. However, there is in me a nagging feeling that Choi has it within herself to take the next big step. That is, she has all the tools to win 3, 4 or maybe more times per year. I really feel she’s that great. With a few more tournaments to go, getting win #2 for the year here would be a good start.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it is always a thrill to see young Thai phenom Ariya Jutanugarn in the top 10. She’s not going to be allowed to go to Q-school this year and that’s fine. Her time to shine will come. On another topic, I don’t really do happy birthday posts very often. There are just too many players on all the various tours. However, the good folks over at Golfing World did a nice birthday video for Cristie Kerr, so here it is even though it has nothing to do with this tournament.

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MIKA MIYAZATO

MOMOKO UEDA

LIZETTE SALAS

LINDSEY WRIGHT

PAULA CREAMER

EUN-HEE JI

KARRIE WEBB

BRITTANY LANG

INBEE PARK

AI MIYAZATO

IN-KYUNG KIM

STACY LEWIS

JESSICA KORDA

SUZANN PETTERSEN

MEENA LEE

SYDNEE MICHAELS

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Na Yeon Choi 65 67 68 9:51 pm -3 F -13 200
2 Inbee Park 69 68 65 9:51 pm -6 F -11 202
3 Karrie Webb 65 71 68 9:51 pm -3 F -9 204
T4 Ai Miyazato 68 69 68 9:40 pm -3 F -8 205
T4 Suzann Pettersen 71 64 70 9:40 pm -1 F -8 205
T6 Paula Creamer 69 67 70 9:40 pm -1 F -7 206
T6 Catriona Matthew 68 68 70 9:29 pm -1 F -7 206
T6 Mika Miyazato 66 69 71 9:29 pm E F -7 206
9 Brittany Lang 69 68 70 9:29 pm -1 F -6 207
T10 So Yeon Ryu 68 73 67 9:18 pm -4 F -5 208
T10 Ariya Jutanugarn 69 72 67 9:18 pm -4 F -5 208
T10 Sun Young Yoo 66 70 72 9:07 pm +1 F -5 208
T10 Lindsey Wright 70 66 72 9:18 pm +1 F -5 208
T14 Azahara Munoz 71 71 67 9:07 pm -4 F -4 209
T14 Karin Sjodin 70 71 68 9:07 pm -3 F -4 209
T14 Hee Young Park 67 72 70 8:56 pm -1 F -4 209
T14 Eun-Hee Ji 70 67 72 8:56 pm +1 F -4 209
T14 I.K. Kim 70 67 72 8:56 pm +1 F -4 209
T14 Momoko Ueda 68 67 74 8:45 pm +3 F -4 209
T14 Sydnee Michaels 69 65 75 8:45 pm +4 F -4 209
T21 Jiyai Shin 71 70 69 8:34 pm -2 F -3 210
T21 Ilhee Lee 69 71 70 8:34 pm -1 F -3 210
T21 Chella Choi 71 74 65 8:45 pm -6 F -3 210
T21 Karine Icher 70 69 71 8:23 pm E F -3 210
T21 Amy Yang 70 69 71 8:34 pm E F -3 210
T26 Beatriz Recari 72 66 73 8:23 pm +2 F -2 211
T26 Lizette Salas 68 67 76 8:23 pm +5 F -2 211
T28 Candie Kung 70 71 71 8:12 pm E F -1 212
T28 Jessica Korda 68 71 73 8:12 pm +2 F -1 212
T28 Stacy Lewis 70 69 73 8:12 pm +2 F -1 212
T28 Caroline Hedwall 70 67 75 8:01 pm +4 F -1 212
T32 Shanshan Feng 70 72 71 7:50 pm E F E 213
T32 Cindy LaCrosse 70 72 71 7:50 pm E F E 213
T32 Anna Nordqvist 72 70 71 7:50 pm E F E 213
T32 Sandra Gal 72 71 70 8:01 pm -1 F E 213
T32 Mo Martin 70 70 73 7:50 pm +2 F E 213
T32 Jenny Shin 72 74 67 8:01 pm -4 F E 213
T38 Julieta Granada 72 72 70 7:50 pm -1 F +1 214
T38 Meena Lee 73 68 73 8:01 pm +2 F +1 214
T38 Cristie Kerr 68 77 69 7:50 pm -2 F +1 214
T41 Katherine Hull 70 71 74 8:12 pm +3 F +2 215
T41 Mina Harigae 70 71 74 8:01 pm +3 F +2 215
T41 Gerina Piller 70 74 71 8:01 pm E F +2 215
T44 Hee-Won Han 67 75 74 8:23 pm +3 F +3 216
T44 Pornanong Phatlum 74 70 72 8:12 pm +1 F +3 216
T44 Nicole Castrale 78 67 71 8:12 pm E F +3 216
T44 Lexi Thompson 69 71 76 8:23 pm +5 F +3 216
T48 Brittany Lincicome 71 73 73 8:45 pm +2 F +4 217
T48 Sophie Gustafson 71 74 72 8:34 pm +1 F +4 217
T48 Danielle Kang 72 73 72 8:34 pm +1 F +4 217
T48 Jennifer Johnson 74 72 71 8:34 pm E F +4 217
T48 Michelle Wie 75 72 70 8:23 pm -1 F +4 217
T53 Jodi Ewart 73 75 70 8:45 pm -1 F +5 218
T53 Yani Tseng 78 72 68 8:45 pm -3 F +5 218
55 Ssu-Chia Cheng 75 72 73 8:56 pm +2 F +7 220
T56 Alison Walshe 71 72 78 9:07 pm +7 F +8 221
T56 Haeji Kang 69 76 76 8:56 pm +5 F +8 221
T56 Aretha Pan 73 73 75 8:56 pm +4 F +8 221
59 Vicky Hurst 69 81 72 9:07 pm +1 F +9 222
60 Angela Stanford 73 79 71 9:07 pm E F +10 223
T61 Giulia Sergas 76 72 76 9:18 pm +5 F +11 224
T61 Mariajo Uribe 81 73 70 9:18 pm -1 F +11 224
T63 Jean Chua 75 73 79 9:29 pm +8 F +14 227
T63 Ainil Johani 73 80 74 9:18 pm +3 F +14 227
65 Amanda Blumenherst 72 76 80 9:29 pm +9 F +15 228
66 Carly Booth 80 75 76 9:29 pm +5 F +18 231
67 Morgan Pressel 79 83 81 9:40 pm +10 F +30 243
68 Sarfina Vinota 81 84 81 9:40 pm +10 F +33 246
69 Natalie Gulbis 72 79 9:23 pm +9 151
WD Katie Futcher WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
70 Se Ri Pak* 74 WD WD WD 74
71 Min Lee 66 DQ DQ DQ 66

4 thoughts on “Defending Champion Na Yeon Choi Leads 2012 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia After Third Round

  1. Thanks BangkokB, for posing the results. I have missed the broadcasts of the tournament so far. As you may know I admire Na Yeon Choi a great deal. She is my favorite female athelete. I hope she can get that second win on the year. She certainly has the ability to be #1. But first I think she needs to get her head there. “She’s all that and a bag of chips” 🙂 going to reblog this.

  2. Love what you do Bobby keep me in the loop. Watch the Hogs on espn360. Go hogs

    May God Bless America Bill acord (notaxbill)

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