INCHEON (South Korea) • College student Alison Lee of the United States reclaimed the top of the leader board from fellow American Brittany Lang, with a three-stroke lead after the third round of the KEB Hana Bank Championship yesterday.
The world No. 44 enters the final round seeking her first win on the LPGA Tour after collecting six birdies and two bogeys to card a four-under 68 for a 13-under 203 total.
"The past few days, all week, I've been striking the ball really well," Lee said.
"I've been giving myself a lot of birdie chances. Even though I shot four under today, I still left a lot of birdie putts out there."
Playing in her second season on tour while continuing her studies in college, the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) student added that she has been getting a lot of support from her peers back in the US.
"Everyone back home is cheering me on," she said.
"Even my room-mates and some of the girls in the sorority. They know nothing about golf, but they've been tuning in to the Golf Channel."
When asked how she feels about her chances after taking the lead into the final round today, Lee replied that she will not be worrying too much.
"I have to go back and do some reading for class, so that'll keep my mind off it for sure," she said.
"I have reading for every class. I'm behind in every class."
Overnight leader Lang (72) was not able to find much momentum on day three, posting two bogeys and two birdies for an even-par round and a 206 total.
Four strokes back of the lead at 207 was South Korea's Kim In Kyung (69), who won the Reignwood LPGA Classic in China early this month for her fourth win on the Tour.
Carlota Ciganda (69) of Spain lay fourth at 208.
Sitting a stroke further back were Chinese Taipei's Candie Kung (69), South Korean Kim Min Sun (70) and Cristie Kerr (72) of the United States.
LPGA KEB HANA BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
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