Lewis joins Thompson at top after 10-under 63

Stacy Lewis (above) had two eagles and seven birdies to put her level with Lexi Thompson at 23-under total of 196 after three rounds of the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.
Stacy Lewis (above) had two eagles and seven birdies to put her level with Lexi Thompson at 23-under total of 196 after three rounds of the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.
Stacy Lewis had two eagles and seven birdies to put her level with Lexi Thompson (above) at 23-under total of 196 after three rounds of the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.
Stacy Lewis had two eagles and seven birdies to put her level with Lexi Thompson (above) at 23-under total of 196 after three rounds of the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

MIAMI • Stacy Lewis eagled the final hole to seize a share of the lead alongside fellow American Lexi Thompson, after Saturday's third round of the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

Her sparkling 10-under 63 at the Ocean Club course on Paradise Island included two eagles and seven birdies.

Her 23-under par total of 196 put her level with Thompson, who followed her record-setting second-round 61 - 10 birdies and an eagle on Friday - with a bogey-free 66.

Thompson had seven birdies in her seven-under effort, but after Lewis had joined her atop the leaderboard, she was unable to separate herself again, three-putting for par at the 18th.

The duo were one stroke in front of American Gerina Piller, who carded her second straight 65 for 197.

Overnight leader Brittany Lincicome was a further stroke back after a 69 for 198.

After record-setting scoring by Lincicome (64 on Thursday) and Thompson over the first two days, the leaders were one stroke shy of the LPGA Tour's 54-hole record of 24-under.

After four birdies on the front nine, Lewis holed out from the fairway for an eagle at the par-five 11th.

She followed with birdies at the par-three 12th and par-four 13th before her only bogey of the day at the par-four 14th, but closed her round birdie-eagle.

"That was probably the best round I think I've ever shot on tour in relation to par, so just a cool day," said former world No. 1 Lewis, a two-time Major champion who is nonetheless seeking her first win since 2014.

"I knew I had to be aggressive today with these girls and how far they hit it."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2017, with the headline 'Lewis joins Thompson at top after 10-under 63'. Print Edition | Subscribe