Korean Amy Yang captures 3rd career LPGA win in Thailand

"My shot was good". Yang shot a 5-under 67 in the second round to take a one-shot lead over Jutanugarn (68) and China's Shanshan Feng (67). "It wasn't easy with all the rain delays, 4am wake-up calls two days in a row, but I stayed patient out there and did my best and am delighted to have won the tournament".

Yang is being chased by fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu and England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who were 13-under and 11-under respectively.

One last test came when Yang, now a three time LPGA Tour victor, found a greenside bunker at the 71 hole but made a brilliant up and down to assure a four shot lead heading to the last. "Tomorrow again I'll finish the third round. I'll try to do just one shot at time, hole by hole".

Lee didn't play a single stroke Friday after a storm delayed, then suspended, play and when she returned Saturday to play 36 holes couldn't regain the momentum built on the opening day.

Hoping to squeeze in as much golf as possible in the face of iffy weather, organisers had half the field begin their rounds on the front nine holes while the rest teed off from the 10th.

"I'm beyond happy", said Yang, who played 31 holes on Saturday and had to finish up her last five holes from the third round yesterday.

The Korean fired a third round 65 to follow scores of 67 and 66 in Chonburi that has her five strokes clear of second place at 18-under par. Thirteen-year-old Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul fell back to 3 over after 15 holes.

Ariya, who rocketed to stardom with five LPGA victories last year including the British Open, is bidding to become the first local champion of the US$1.6-million Honda event, now in its 12th year.

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