24 Feb 2013

Thai teen leads home golf open

8:51 am on 24 February 2013

Teen golfing sensation Ariya Jutanugarn tore into a three-shot lead on home soil at the LPGA Thailand Open, as overnight leader Stacy Lewis wobbled in a see-sawing third round.

Trailing world number three Lewis by three shots at the start of play, the 17-year-old Thai delighted the crowd with seven birdies, including five in a row, to finish at a two-under 70 for the day, 11 under for the tournament.

The chasing pack, at eight-under after three days, comprises Lewis, who posted an error-strewn four-over 76, Beatriz Recari of Spain who made par and Se Ri Pak, who leads the Korean contingent and recorded a solid one-under.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko dropped two shots to be 2 under for the tournament tied for 19th, 9 shots behind Jutanugarn.