Golf: Thompson hurdles ahead with four shot lead in Thailand LPGA

Lexi Thompson of the United States plays a shot on the second hole during the third round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club on Feb 5, 2016 in Ocala, Florida.
Lexi Thompson of the United States plays a shot on the second hole during the third round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club on Feb 5, 2016 in Ocala, Florida. PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - First round leader American Lexi Thompson resumed her spot at the front of the pack Saturday (Feb 27) after day three of the Honda LPGA in Thailand.

The 21-year-old finished the third round with a nearly perfect 64 at eight under par, giving her a four stroke lead with a 16 under par total of 200.

A victory on Sunday would be Thompson's seventh career win on the LPGA Tour.

It would also make her the first American to win the four-day event, which is held at Siam Country Club in Chonburi and carries a $1.6 million purse.

"I missed a putt on the first hole, which got me down a little bit, but I tried to stay positive going into the next hole and fire at pins like I did the first day," Thompson was quoted on the LPGA website as saying after the round.

On Thompson's tail is South Korean rookie In Gee Chun, who carded a bogey-free 66 at six under par for the day.

Her compatriot and defending champion Amy Yang fell back to third Saturday with an 11 under par total of 205 after topping the leaderboard at the end of round two.