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Phatlum retains lead but Minjee still in the mix

Phatlum after not only her first major but her first LPGA title. (Photo: Ladies European Tour )
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum retained her one-shot lead at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, the 28 year old recording a round of 69 on day three and with only one bogey in 54 holes it has been her consistency as much as her brilliance that sees her heading into tomorrow’s final round with the lead.

Phatlum, at 13 under, faces the prospect of her first ever LPGA Tour victory being a major title so tomorrow looms as a significant moment in the career of the Bangkok resident.

Phatlum leads by one over England’s Georgia Hall, by two over South Korean So Yeon Ryu with another shot back to Sung Hyun Park, Mamiko Higa and Minjee Lee.

Brooke Henderson at 8 under and Lydia Ko at 7 under are amongst players close enough if good enough over the closing 18 tomorrow.

Phatlum is keeping herself calm in what is such a potentially significant week in her career by singing to herself on the golf course.

“Well, I just keep singing on the course and just try to be like come down and relax on the course, she said in her post round interview. “I just play my game and try to concentrate on my swing and when I nervous, I just try to sing a song.”

Minjee Lee - (photo LET)

Australia’s Minjee Lee, despite slipping further from the pace, still holds hopes for a first major title tomorrow. “Probably a little up-and-down,” she said. “I probably didn't hit as solid as the last two days today, but putting and chipping were okay. So I came out with 1-under. I'm right in the mix.

“I probably didn't hit it as solid today than the last two days. I'll go to the driving range and get that in tune. Conditions were really nice to play in today, so fingers crossed for tomorrow, too.

"I'll just do everything in my control and take it one shot at a time. It's tough to get ahead -- you can't get ahead of yourself out here because you don't really know what's going to happen. So just go out there and have fun and just stay patient.”

Su Oh is the next best of the Australians after Lee, the Victorian golfer in 34th place, Rebecca Artis 58th and Hannah Green 61st.







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