CHONBURI, Thailand — Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn shot 2-under-par 70 Saturday to lead by three strokes after the third round of the LPGA Thailand despite finishing with two bogeys.
Last year’s top-ranked amateur, Ariya had seven birdies – including five in a row from No. 10 – for an 11-under 205 total at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.
The 17-year-old Thai needed a sponsor invitation to enter the tournament in her first year as a professional.
Stacy Lewis (76), Se Ri Pak (71) and Beatriz Recari (72) followed, and Inbee Park (71) was another stroke behind.
Lewis, the third-ranked American, finished with three bogeys to lose her three-stroke lead after the second round.
Ariya wants to stay composed in the final round.
“I went to the course today (under) pressure as there were so many fans coming to see me,” said Ariya, who is bidding to become the first Thai player to win an LPGA tournament. “Not only my family, but also the entire country has hopes for me. But after I heard their hands clap, it became an inspiration.”
Defending champion Yani Tseng, the No. 1 player in the world, shot 72 for a share of 24th place.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Panama City, Panama, journeyman Mathew Goggin shot 4-under-par 66 to take the lead in the Panama Claro Championship.
Goggin, an Australian who played in the 2009 Masters Tournament, is at 7-under 203 at Panama Golf Club.
In the tour’s season-opening event, Goggin has a one-shot lead over Bobby Gates (68 on Saturday), Roland Thatcher (69) and Kevin Foley (70).
Evans resident Vaughn Taylor shot 71 and is tied for sixth place at 207. North Augusta native Scott Brown had 70 and is tied for 11th at 208 and Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 73 and is tied for 47th at 213.
Korea’s Dae-Hyun Kim, who had a two-shot lead after 36 holes, struggled to 75 and dropped back into a tie for 11th place at 208.
Former South Carolina golfer Mark Anderson, who shared the first-round lead, shot 73 and is tied for 15th place at 207.
In Saturday’s round, Goggin was 5-under after 14 holes, then bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16, but birdied No. 18.