Honda LPGA Thailand 2012
Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course
Third-round notes and interviews
February 18, 2012
Ai Miyazato -14, Rolex Rankings No. 11
Yani Tseng -13, Rolex Rankings No. 1 and defending champion
Karrie Webb -12, Rolex Rankings No. 20
Hee Kyung Seo +2, Rolex Rankings No. 31
Rolex Rankings No. 11 Ai Miyazato fired a 7-under 65 in Saturday’s third round to take the outright lead heading into the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Miyazato, who won this event in 2010, leads Rolex Rankings No. 1 and defending champion Yani Tseng by one shot.
Miyazato, who led after the first round, had eight birdies and one bogey en route to taking back the lead at 14-under-par on Saturday. It was a long day for those on the top of the leaderboard, including Miyazato, as she had to return to the golf course early in the morning to complete the second round before teeing off a few hours later for third round action.
|Ai Miyazato||Yani Tseng||Suzann Petttersen|
Defending champions galore: This year marks the fourth time that the Honda LPGA Thailand has been held on the Old Course at Siam Country. And for the three players who have won on this course previously – Miyazato, Tseng and Suzann Pettersen – there appears to be something they just really like about playing here in Thailand.
All three players are once again in the hunt heading into Sunday’s final round. MIyazato leads at 14-under-par with Tseng, who is the defending champion, sitting one back at 13-under-par. Pettersen, who won here in 2007 and has finished no worse than T8 at this golf course, sits four shots back at 10-under par.
For Miyazato, there is no question that she feels comfortable here at Siam Country Club.
“I think i have a good feeling with this golf course,” Miyazato said. “It’s just the beginning of the season and a beautiful golf course and a nice temperature today. The people are really nice over here and I’m just having a really good time over here so that’s why it makes me really comfortable. So that’s the big reason why I can play really well out there.”
Here comes Yani: It certainly didn’t take long for defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng to make her presence felt once again near the top of the leaderboard
Tseng followed up her second-round 65 with another 65 on Saturday to put herself right back in the mix, just one shot off the lead. This week marks the first of many opportunities that Tseng will have to defend an LPGA title this season and she certainly is eager to capture a second straight victory here in Thail
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