Golf: Thompson leads heading into final round in Michigan

Long-hitting Lexi Thompson moved right into a one-stroke after the 1/3 spherical at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday.

After the par-five fifth hole was once lowered to a par three due to flooding, Thompson notched 4 birdies on the back nine for a five-below-par 64 on the Blythfield Country Membership route.

The American posted a 15-beneath 196 total, Whereas South African Lee-Anne % had two eagles in a Sixty One to vault into a tie for 2nd at 14-beneath with Canadian Brooke Henderson (67) and South Koreans Jenny Shin (63) and Park Sung-hyun (Sixty Two).

Thompson also had a one-shot lead starting the ultimate round eventually week’s Manulife LPGA Traditional in Ontario, and loved a two-shot cushion with two holes to play prior to three-putting Both to fall into a three-way playoff eventually gained by means of Thai world number one Ariya Jutanugarn.

“I’ve been specializing in staying certain and ensuring I do my pursuits on every shot and ensuring I’m absolutely secure over my pictures and in-between pictures,” Thompson told Golf Channel.

“I every so often over-think things. I’ve been focusing on staying certain.”

Thompson, an eight-time LPGA Tour winner, did not attempt to power the problem in her third spherical.

“It was only a matter of staying affected person,” she mentioned. “I hit it smartly all day so it was just a matter of hitting the ball closer and making a few putts for birdie.”

Shin, whose lone LPGA victory came at the Texas Shootout last year, reeled off 5 straight birdies from the Tenth hole, all from eight ft or longer as her putter caught fireplace.

“I started hitting it higher and i just stored making the putts,” she stated. “I wasn’t taking a look at the scorecard, wasn’t looking at the rankings or the rest.”

% also has one occupation LPGA win, back in 2014, and she or he is closer to doubling her tally after changing tools lately.

“The Previous Couple Of weeks I struck my irons in point of fact, really smartly,” % said. “I simply in fact modified the irons and it’s made all the distinction.”

While Canadian Henderson is in quest of her fourth Tour win, South Korean rookie Park remains to be searching for her leap forward triumph.

(Reporting through Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; Modifying by way of Peter Rutherford)

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