SINGAPORE — Stacy Lewis shared the lead with Na Yeon Choi at the HSBC Women’s Champions after the South Korean birdied the 18th hole in a rain-delayed third round on Saturday.
Choi shot 5-under 67 to tie the 28-year-old American at 14-under 202. Lewis, the overnight leader and reigning LPGA Player of the Year, had 69.
Paula Creamer, who injured her shoulder in a car accident after a tournament in Thailand last weekend, shot 69 to trail the leaders by two shots.
Four golfers were three strokes behind Creamer – American Danielle Kang (70), Spaniard Azahara Munoz (72), South Korean Sun Young Yoo (72) and Thai 17-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn (72).
Lewis and Choi were in the last group on the course and had just teed off on the 18th when a thunderstorm rolled in and caused a 2½-hour delay.
Lewis was up a stroke when they left the course, but when they returned, Choi made a 10-foot birdie putt to pull even heading into Sunday.
The two golfers traded the lead throughout the day. Lewis bogeyed holes No. 1 and 3 to fall two strokes behind Choi. Lewis pulled even after reeling off three consecutive birdies – including a 25-foot putt on No. 8 that barely caught the edge of the hole.
Choi moved atop the leaderboard again with a birdie on the 14th, but she bogeyed the next hole after missing a long par putt to give the lead right back.
Lewis maintained the one-shot advantage going into the 18th. And then the rain came.
“It was very frustrating,” Lewis said. “It is what it is and luckily we got finished today. It’s going to be tight tomorrow and we are going to have to make some putts.”
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Centurion, South Africa, Darren Fichardt stormed into a four-way share of the lead with 8-under-par 64 in the third round of the Tshwane Open.
Almost two hours of play were lost in mid-afternoon when a thunderstorm forced players from the Els Club course at the Copperleaf Golf Estate.
When play resumed, Fichardt, who’s looking for a second consecutive Race to Dubai win, birdied his closing three holes in a round that was just one shot shy of the course record.
Fichardt, who lives 10 minutes from the course, moved to a 16-under total with Chilean Mark Tullo (67) and fellow South Africans Charl Coetzee (68) and Dawie Van Der Walt (67).
WEB.COM TOUR: In Bogota, Colombia, Patrick Cantlay shot 6-under 65 to grab a share of the lead at the Colombian Championship.
Cantlay is tied atop the leaderboard with Jim Renner, who had 66. Cantlay and Renner are at 18-under 200 at Country Club de Bogota.
North Augusta’s Scott Brown shot 67 in the third round and is seven shots back in a tie for 16th place.