Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Lexi Leads By Three. October 12 2013

SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia_188x84 Lexi Thompson will take a three stroke lead into the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Lexi Thompson Lexi Thompson / Getty Images Lexi fired a bogey free third round of -5 under par 66, to take control of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with a total of -17 under par. Play had been suspended for an hour and six minutes, starting at 10:56 a.m. local time due to lightning in the area, but that did not phase 18 year-old Lexi one bit, especially her putting; “The last few events have actually been a lot better with my putting. I went back to my old style of putting and just went to how I was putting when I was really little. Hitting them a little firmer and staying a little farther away. So I'm feeling really confident with my putter, and mainly that is what putting is all about. It's just getting over the putter and saying you're going to make it. I think this game is all about momentum, once you make a few birdies you feel good and just try to keep that going. But I'm just trying to focus on my game, not the other players I'm playing with. Ilhee and Shanshan are great players, so I had a really fun day today. Like I said, just focusing on my own game. That's all I can do. Just trying to make birdies when I can and pars on the holes that have difficult pin locations.” Ilhee Lee is now in second place at -14 under par for the tournament, she managed a birdie on the last hole, to cut the deficit to three strokes, and knew that was a big moment;  “Yeah, I knew that's going to be big for tomorrow. I think I tried too hard. I tried to like make everything. My driver was not good, but I knew it's hard to play four days in a row. So this is very good day for me. Last hole birdie was big for tomorrow, I think. I will having fun tomorrow, too. Suzann Petterson and Shanshun Feng are tied in third place at -11 under par, now with little chance of catching the leaders. Suzann put her problems down to a poor putting performance, but happy with a ball change, giving her more distance; " I'm playing pretty steady, hitting almost 18 greens, and not making a putt, it's very hard to stay patient. Four under is pretty much the worst score I could shoot, and that's pretty much the start of the week. Just glad there is one more round. Lexi is playing great, so there's definitely a low one needed tomorrow. I mean, obviously I can easily be there, I've shot low round scores before. If you get it going on these greens, the par 5s are somehow reachable. I've changed balls and I'm actually hitting it further, which is nice. Finally an equipment change has gone to my favor. I'm almost an iron longer and I'm hitting the driver a lot longer. It's been a good change for me. It's a prototype, RZN and black. It's been a kind of a chance that I felt like it was worth taking coming here and starting to develop a new ball and getting that in play. Played with it a couple times, practiced with it back home, and felt like I was hitting it fairly well, it's always hard to tell until under the gun. Feeling very comfortable today overall.” Shanshun did not bring her A game to the course today; " I didn't bring my A game today, but I'm still happy shooting 1 under. I think 1 under is not that bad. It's still keeping me to have a chance tomorrow, so I'm happy. I think today there was more wind, so it was more windy. I think maybe the rain made the fairways a little softer too, so the balls weren't going as far. I would say the pin positions were pretty hard. So it was hard to get it close to the pins."