American Lexi Thompson withstood on-and-off rain at Guadalajara Country Club to fire a third-round 5-under 67 and take solo lead at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex. The 18-year-old moved to 13-under-par for the tournament and will take a 1-stroke lead over I.K. Kim heading into tomorrow’s final-round.
Not even a 23 minute rain delay could slowdown Thompson on Saturday as a bogey-free round put her in position to record her second victory of the season. A two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Thompson recorded her first official victory this season at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
“Yea, well the rain definitely affected us somewhat but I teed off a little bit later with the delay,” said Thompson. “I think just controlling my yardages out here is pretty big and playing consistently. My irons were a lot closer today, and I dropped a few longer putts.”
Winner of the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic, Thompson will have history on her side on Sunday as she held the lead entering the final round during both of her trips to the winner’s circle.
“Yeah, it gives me confidence going into tomorrow but I know there’s a lot of great players right behind me, and I know I have to play well,” said Thompson. “I know I have to shoot another four or five under tomorrow. I’m just going to go out with the same attitude and just commit to every shot.”
Thompson played steady golf throughout the entire third round as she carded birdies at the par-4 second, par-4 fourth and par-4 seventh to make the turn at 3-under-par. The impressive play would continue for the Floridian as she carded her fourth birdie of the day at the par-5 10th before going on to record her final birdie of the day at the par-4 14th.
Trailing Thompson by 1-stroke is I.K. Kim who is looking to become the first player to record multiple wins at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational by Banamex.
“That would be nice,” said Kim with a laugh. “Winning is amazing, but, like I said, for me, just being able to play golf and just have fun, that’s the first thing. If I can win twice, I mean, why not, I think it would be really great.”
Kim needed only 22 putts during the 5-under 67 third-round which included seven birdies and two bogeys.
“At the start of the day it was pouring down, so we didn’t expect the rain, but everybody was in the rain,” said Kim. I had a good start, I made birdie on one and two, and I think that kind of helped going forwards. Basically I really like this golf course. I have a good feeling for the course, and I’ve been practicing. It’s just nice to see the result.”
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