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Sime Darby LPGA: Pornanong In Striking Distance Of Title

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KUALA LUMPUR – Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum now has a chance of lifting her first LPGA title this season after topping the third round of the 2014 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia golf championship at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, here today.

The 24-year-old scored a six-under-par 65 in today’s round to follow-up back-to-back 67s for a three-day total of 14-under-par 199.

“It is my goal to win at least one LPGA competition this year,” said Pornanong, who turned pro in 2006 and joined the LPGA Tour three years later.

She was on fire in the first nine with six birdies but a bit shaky in the second nine when she dropped two bogeys at the par-five 12th and 16th holes respectively.

“The front nine was just amazing…just like I made everything. It is the first time I did it. In the back nine, I felt a bit nervous and just had to concentrate on my game,” she said.

Following close is Japan’s Ayako Uehara who has a three day total of 11-under-par 202.

“Today was really hard. Very tough pin positions and distance. In the front nine, I had to be very patient and then the back nine was good with three birdies,” said the 34-year-old.

In today’s round, she had two bogeys and a birdie in her first nine but later recovered it with three consecutive birdies at the 12th, 13th and 14th holes.

Overnight leader, South Korea’s Ryu So Yeon dropped to joint third placing after accumulating 10-under-par 203 with three other players, compatriot Choi Chella, China’s Feng Shanshan and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko.

“Today’s pin positions were quite tough. Obviously, my game wasn’t really bad. Just the last two holes weren’t really a strong finish…really bad finish,” said So Yeon, who had two consecutive double bogeys on the 17th and 18th hole.

She concluded the round with a score of one-over 72.

Current world number one, United States’ Stacy Lewis shared 20th placing after shooting a total of five-under-par 208.

Malaysia’s Kelly Tan emerged as the best Malaysian in the competition after managing a total score of three-over-par 216.

“Didn’t start off how I wanted today but managed to get a couple of birdies coming back again. I still haven’t got the speed on the green.

“I had lots of opportunities but I came up short a lot of times. Tomorrow, I just want to go out there and enjoy myself, even though I don’t care what score I get,” she said. – BERNAMA

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