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Lexi Thompson still leads but Minjee Lee moves closer at Kingsmill

Minjee Lee moves closer to Thompson with third round 67 (Photo: Henry Peters)
Lexi Thompson continues to lead the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg in Virginia, retaining the three shot lead she held through 36 holes although she now leads over In Gee Chun, who is in turn two shots ahead of Minjee Lee, Lydia Ko and Sei Young Kim.

Thompson dropped a shot late in her round but she is in such dominating form this week, having led from wire to wire, that those chasing her tomorrow will need a very low final round and a little help from Thompson herself.

Australian, Lee, is the 2015 champion of this event having won her first LPGA Tour when winning by two shots over So Yeo Ryu. She gives Thompson five shots tomorrow but she is seemingly well placed for a very good week whatever happens.

Su Oh was the next best of the Australians after Lee, improving with her round of 69 to be in a share of 9th position although eight shots from Thompson’s lead.

Sarah Jane Smith jumped 24 places with her round of 69 to be in 28th position while Karrie Webb is 40th with one round to play.

Thompson was positive when asked if she was seeking some form of redemption tomorrow following the disaster she struck on day four of the ANA Inspiration when penalised for incorrectly replacing her ball on the 17th green the previous day.

“You know, I'm as determined as any other person out here,” said the 22 year old. “We all want to win. I have a little bit more drive now I would say, but I'm just going to go out there and be confident and see where it goes.

“I've always been such a driven person that every time I tee it up I want to win. I love this golf course and this venue, so I always feel comfortable coming here.”

Ko was also very positive about tomorrow despite the five shot gap between her and Thompson.

“It was really tough out there with the wind action being opposite to what we've played the last couple days,” said the New Zealander who birdied three of her final four holes. “I thought the forecast said it was going to be light breeze. If this is light breeze, I don't know what windy is.“But I tried to stay strong until the end.

"With the 18th play a little differently to how we've played the last couple days I think it was nice. Nice for the fans to see a lot of birdies. I think the strong finish will definitely give me good momentum going into tomorrow."

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