Hjorth moves into share of lead

Maria Hjorth and Lee Jee-young lead the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with one round to go.

Maria Hjorth joined Lee Jee-young at the top of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard after carding a three-under-par 68 in Saturday’s third round.
The Swede carded five birdies and an eagle on the sixth to move alongside Lee after the South Korean had maintained her place at the top with a one-under 70 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
The pair will head into Sunday’s final round with a two-round total of 136, six under par, and a one-stroke advantage over the rest of the field.
“I had a lot of birdies and a great eagle on number six so that obviously helped,” said Hjorth, a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour. ” Then I had three bogeys in a row which was obviously not very good, but overall I’m very happy with the round.
“I actually thought someone would shoot away a little bit in the scoring, but I’m happy that they didn’t. I’m hitting the ball well and obviously making some really good putts, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Lee had opened with an impressive 66 on Friday and though the 24-year-old managed just two birdies and a bogey on Saturday, she was happy with her round.
“I played well today. My shot was really good, but I missed a lot of putts, so I just made one under. Tomorrow hopefully it’ll work (better).”
Compatriot and world number eight Kim Song-hee is third after carding a three-under 68, while Natalie Gulbis (68) is tied fourth with Japan’s Mika Miyazato (72) and Juli Inkster (67).