Amy Yang, Minjee Lee share 3rd-round lead in Thailand

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              Two-time champion Amy Yang of South Korea watches the flight of her ball, during the LPGA Thailand, in Chonburi, Thailand, on Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.  Amy Yang and Australian player Minjee Lee share the lead on 15-under par-201 after three rounds at the LPGA Thailand on Saturday. (AP Photo/Lerpong Amsa-ngiam)
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CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Two-time champion Amy Yang of South Korea and Australian Minjee Lee shared the lead on 15-under 201 after the third round of the LPGA Thailand on Saturday.

Yang, who won twice on this course in 2015 and 2017, had six birdies for a 6-under 66, and Lee also had six birdies — and one bogey — for 67, which included a stunning 30-foot downhill putt on the final hole at Siam Country Club Pattaya. They have a two-stroke lead.

“It was really hot out there, probably a little more than yesterday, but the play was moving along so it was okay,” Lee said. “I feel I played really solid. In the seven-week break, we worked on my technique and trying to get my swing a little faster. I’m not sure if that really worked — when I got out there today I just found a place I was comfortable and went with that.”

The 29-year-old Yang, who has three LPGA titles said: “I’m a little nervous to be in the lead and I might get nervous out there tomorrow, but I’m just going to be patient and do my best.”

Two shots behind was second-round leader Jenny Shin (70). The South Korean finished strongly with a birdie immediately followed by an eagle on the par-5 18th.

Nelly Korda shot 66 to sit three shots behind the lead at 12 under. She is tied for fourth with fellow American Austin Ernst (69) and first-round leader Ji Eun-Hee (70).

“I was hitting it really well,” Korda said. “Made some solid putts. Made a long putt on 9 and then made a good up and down on 10. Kind of got the ball rolling on the back nine as well.”