Thompson still in control

Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship on Sunday.

The American – who has lead from the opening round – carded a two-under 69 around the River Course, enough to move her to 14 under for the tournament, three shots ahead of South Korea’s In Gee Chun.

Thompson enjoyed a quiet round, rolling in gains on the 9th, 13th and 15th before a bogey on the par three 17th set her back.

“I feel good…I played very well today,” said the 22-year-old after the round.

“Pretty solid, just was all over the lips today on the greens. But I put some good strokes on a lot of my putts, so that’s all that matters. Hopefully, bring that into tomorrow.

“All I’m focusing on is my own game and sticking to my routine and committing to my lines off the tees and just having fun with my caddie in between shots.”

Meanwhile, Chun revealed she would have been more aggressive if her swing felt better. Nonetheless, the two-time major winner rolled in six birdies and two bogeys for her 67.

“I had great round today,” said the 2016 Rookie of the Year.

“This week my swing doesn’t feel good, so I try to stay humble in myself. So I think I made great rounds.  I try to stay in the middle of the green today. It made a lot of birdie chance. So I made great up and downs on 11 and 14, 15 maybe.”

World number one Lydia Ko in tied for third place on nine under with Sei Young Kim and Minjee Lee and looks sure to hold on to her top ranking this week.