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Minjee Lee stays in touch with Korda in Thailand

Lee has left the door open for a big finish (Photo: Bruce Young)
Australia’s Minjee Lee is alone in third position after day three of the Honda LPGA Thailand event in Chonburi and although five shots from leader Jessica Korda she has kept the door open for a 4th LPGA Tour title.

Korda extended her overnight lead of three to four with a third round of 68 and she heads into tomorrow’s final round ahead by that margin over Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn whose round of 65 was the equal best of the day and improved her from 5th to outright 2nd.

Ariya Jutanugarn is in 4th position one behind Lee and creates the possibility of either she or her sister, Moriya, recording a home victory.

In another interesting sibling twist Jessica Korda’s sister Nelly is in a share of 6th at 12 under and eight behind but adds another dimension to tomorrow’s final day.

Korda is a winner of four LPGA Tour titles but has not won for over two years so Sunday’s final round is important for many reasons.

“Honestly, I'm nervous,” said Korda when asked how she felt about the position she finds herself in. “I haven't been in this position in a couple months. I knew was playing really well at the end of the season, but I haven't been in this position. Being back, it just takes you a little bit of time. I was hitting okay shots and just the putts weren't falling.

“Then one fell and kind of started to open the door a little bit. I think that's just what I got to keep doing, is not trying so hard and let it come to me.”

Lee is aware of the gap she faces tomorrow in trying to chase down Korda but sees only one option.

“No. I just holed a couple solid putts coming in, finishing the rounds. Yeah, just puts me in good momentum going into tomorrow.

“Well, I know I'm behind, what, five shots? Yeah, I mean, I could play pretty aggressively, I think. I'm sure it'll be a good challenge.”

Sarah Jane Smith is 32nd, Katherine Kirk is 35th and Su Oh 54th.






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