Lexi Thompson Vaults To Lead After 3rd Round Of 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Lexi Thompson (click to enlarge)

American Lexi Thompson continued her strong play at the 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with her third consecutive round in the 60s. The 18-year old’s 5-under 66 vaulted her to the lead at 17-under, 3 shots clear of Ilhee Lee with one round remaining. Lexi had a clean 5-birdie, no bogey round while Ilhee’s 1-under 70 was marred by 2 front 9 bogeys. It looks like a two woman race for the title on Sunday, with third place Suzann Pettersen of Norway 6 shots behind Thompson. However, like Lexi, Suzann also has been in the 60s every round and is capable of going low to the tune of a tournament record every time she steps on an LPGA tournament course. Pettersen is that talented. So, while Lexi and Ilhee battle for the trophy on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, they should occasionally peek at the leaderboard to see if Suzann is charging.

BIRDIES

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden had the low round of the day at 6-under 65, putting her in a tie for 5th.

After a tough opening round 5-over 76, South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi has bounced back with back to back 3-under 68s in rounds 2 and 3 to get back in red numbers.

Shanshan Feng of China is tied for 3rd with Pettersen at 11-under, which gives her a shot at back to back wins should Lexi and Ilhee stumble.

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LEXI THOMPSON

PAULA CREAMER

IN KYUNG KIM

AI MIYAZATO

SANDRA GAL

CRISTIE KERR

SO YEON RYU

NA YEON CHOI

MORGAN PRESSEL

STACY LEWIS

MIKA MIYAZATO

HEE YOUNG PARK

MICHELLE WIE

JODI EWART SHADOFF

SHANSHAN FENG

AMY YANG

ILHEE LEE

AZAHARA MUNOZ

JESSICA KORDA

ALISON WALSHE

BEATRIZ RECARI

SUZANN PETTERSEN

MAMIKO HIGA

INBEE PARK

NATALIE GULBIS

CHIE ARIMURA

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 1 USA
-17 9:51 AM 67 63 66 196
2 2 KOR
-14 9:51 AM 64 65 70 199
T3 T3 NOR
-11 9:51 AM 67 68 67 202
T3 T3 CHN
-11 9:40 AM 67 65 70 202
T5 T5 SWE
-9 9:40 AM 68 71 65 204
T5 T5 FRA
-9 9:40 AM 70 66 68 204
T7 T7 THA
-8 9:29 AM 71 66 68 205
T7 T7 ENG
-8 9:29 AM 66 70 69 205
T7 T7 KOR
-8 9:29 AM 70 65 70 205
T7 T7 KOR
-8 9:18 AM 67 66 72 205
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T11 T11 KOR
-7 9:18 AM 69 67 70 206
T11 T11 USA
-7 9:18 AM 65 71 70 206
T13 T13 USA
-6 9:07 AM 67 71 69 207
T13 T13 USA
-6 9:07 AM 69 68 70 207
T13 T13 DEU
-6 9:07 AM 67 70 70 207
T13 T13 ESP
-6 8:56 AM 66 71 70 207
T13 T13 USA
-6 8:56 AM 70 66 71 207
T18 T18 USA
-5 8:56 AM 71 66 71 208
T18 T18 USA
-5 8:45 AM 67 68 73 208
T18 T18 KOR
-5 8:45 AM 72 62 74 208
T18 T18 USA
-5 8:45 AM 66 67 75 208
T22 T22 USA
-4 8:34 AM 71 70 68 209
T22 T22 ESP
-4 8:34 AM 72 68 69 209
T22 T22 KOR
-4 8:34 AM 72 66 71 209
T22 T22 KOR
-4 8:23 AM 70 68 71 209
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T22 T22 SWE
-4 8:23 AM 68 69 72 209
T22 T22 JPN
-4 8:23 AM 68 66 75 209
T28 T28 KOR
-3 8:12 AM 70 71 69 210
T28 T28 USA
-3 8:12 AM 68 72 70 210
T28 T28 DEU
-3 8:12 AM 69 70 71 210
T31 T31 AUS
-2 8:01 AM 74 68 69 211
T31 T31 TPE
-2 8:01 AM 70 71 70 211
T31 T31 ESP
-2 8:01 AM 71 69 71 211
T31 T31 JPN
-2 7:50 AM 69 71 71 211
T31 T31 KOR
-2 7:50 AM 70 69 72 211
T31 T31 USA
-2 7:50 AM 69 69 73 211
T31 T31 KOR
-2 7:50 AM* 66 72 73 211
T38 T38 KOR
-1 7:50 AM* 76 68 68 212
T38 T38 KOR
-1 7:50 AM* 71 66 75 212
T40 T40 KOR
E 8:01 AM* 72 70 71 213
T40 T40 USA
E 8:01 AM* 68 72 73 213
T40 T40 USA
E 8:01 AM* 67 72 74 213
T43 T43 USA
+1 8:12 AM* 71 72 71 214
T43 T43 JPN
+1 8:12 AM* 72 69 73 214
T43 T43 TPE
+1 8:12 AM* 70 71 73 214
T43 T43 SWE
+1 8:23 AM* 70 69 75 214
T43 T43 USA
+1 8:23 AM* 68 70 76 214
T48 T48 USA
+2 8:23 AM* 75 70 70 215
T48 T48 KOR
+2 8:34 AM* 72 71 72 215
T48 T48 AUS
+2 8:34 AM* 71 72 72 215
T51 T51 PHL
+4 8:34 AM* 76 72 69 217
T51 T51 THA
+4 8:45 AM* 74 71 72 217
T51 T51 ENG
+4 8:45 AM* 73 72 72 217
T51 T51 KOR
+4 8:45 AM* 74 70 73 217
T51 T51 USA
+4 8:56 AM* 70 74 73 217
T56 T56 USA
+5 8:56 AM* 73 76 69 218
T56 T56 COL
+5 8:56 AM* 73 70 75 218
T56 T56 USA
+5 9:07 AM* 69 72 77 218
T59 T59 NLD
+6 9:07 AM* 76 71 72 219
T59 T59 KOR
+6 9:07 AM* 72 73 74 219
T59 T59 TPE
+6 9:18 AM* 71 72 76 219
T62 T62 MYS
+7 9:18 AM* 70 76 74 220
T62 T62 CHN
+7 9:18 AM* 74 71 75 220
T62 T62 PRY
+7 9:29 AM* 69 73 78 220
65 65 ITA
+9 9:29 AM* 71 77 74 222
66 66 JPN
+11 9:29 AM* 76 71 77 224
67 67 MYS
+12 9:40 AM* 74 77 74 225
68 68 MYS
+18 9:40 AM* 77 71 83 231
69 69 USA
+20 9:40 AM* 76 78 79 233
70 70 MYS
+23 9:51 AM* 86 73 77 236
71 71 SCT
+27 9:51 AM* 77 87 76 240
72 72 TPE
+39 9:51 AM* 82 87 83 252

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