Pornanong Phatlum is in position to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
With a front nine of 29 strokes Pornanong never looked back, completing the round in -6 under par 65, to top the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard at -14 under par. She now has a three shot advantage over the field going into the final round tomorrow.
Pornanong, from Thailand, is looking to be the first Thai lady to win on the LPGA. She was delighted with her performance, especially her good putting;
“Well, the front nine was amazing. Like I make everything, back nine I just feel a little bit nervous.”
“On the first rounds I didn’t putt well. Just keep practice and, yeah, get more confident on my putting. Today just today everything go in.”
“I think I’m going to little bit nervous tomorrow, but I try to keep calm tomorrow, yeah, and just play on my game and go shot by shot.”
Japanese lady Ayako Uehara is in second place at -11 under par, with a third round -2 under par 69, following her 63 yesterday. She was spoke about the tough conditions and pin placements;
“I did today really hard condition. Very tough pin position and distance.”
” Front nine I have to be patient, and then back nine a little bit like I can use few like (indiscernible.)”
“So front nine just stay patient, and back nine I made a birdies, maybe three birdies, but I think today I had a good round.”
There are four ladies tied in third place at -10 under par, Chella Choi, Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng and So Yeon Ryu.
The race for the World number one ranking is warming up as Lydia is in position to make a charge as Stacy Lewis is currently T20, after her +1 over par 72 today, Lydia needs to win to become number one;
“I’m going to be aggressive in places I need to be. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well and stroking it well with the putter.”
“All I got to do is give myself a lot of opportunities, and hopefully the balls will drop in the hole.”
Jason Hamilton is on the bag for Lydia this week, and the combination seems to be working well;
“I think it’s been good. We worked together at Manulife LPGA Championship, so that was about two months ago.”
“It was kind of good to get back into that good teamwork. I think we’ve been doing pretty good the last three days. Hopefully it will be a long teamwork for a long time.”
So Yeon also mentioned the tough pin positions;
” Today pin position was quite tough. Obviously my game wasn’t really bad. Just last two hole wasn’t really strong finish. Really bad finish.”
“17’s tee shot was really great shot. Just unlucky in the water. Maybe 18 second shot was not bad.”
“So it was kind of very unlucky moment. Still I have one more round for tomorrow.”