Stacy Lewis increased her lead to two strokes in the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round Friday.
The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, had an 11-under 205 total in the Ladies European Tour’s season-ending event. She had three birdies and a bogey at Emirates Golf Course a day after making eight birdies in a 65.
”It’s always hard to follow up a day like I had yesterday, especially on the greens,” Lewis said. ”It was the kind of day that could have been worse and it could have been better. But overall, I’m right where I need to be going into tomorrow.
”I just didn’t hit it quite as close. Didn’t have as many good opportunities at birdie. But still hit a ton of greens and, if I can just get a couple more putts to fall early tomorrow, I think I’ll be in a good place.”
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum was second after a 69.
”I don’t think I played that bad,” Phatlum said. ”I just missed a few putts.”
Defending champion Shanshan Feng of China was tied for ninth at 2 under after a 71.