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Japan's Miyazato leads LPGA Thailand

Ai Miyazato won the LPGA Thailand tournament in 2010.
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CHONBURI, Thailand (AP)

Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng after the third round of the LPGA Thailand.

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Miyazato, the Japanese player who won the 2010 tournament, birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine. She had a 14-under 202 total on Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course.

''I know everyone is going to try to be aggressive tomorrow,'' Miyazato said. ''If I can stay in my game until the last putt, I think I have a chance.''

Tseng, the winner last year, shot her second straight 65 after opening with a 73. The Taiwanese star had 12 worldwide victories last year, seven on the LPGA Tour.

''I really want to win this tournament,'' she said. ''To be a defending a champion would be great. I always really enjoy it out here to see a lot of fans and I'm very excited about tomorrow and looking forward to it.''

Australia's Karrie Webb and South Korea's Jiyai Shin were 12 under.

Webb shot a 71, and Shin had a 68.

Webb had a three-stroke lead Saturday morning after the completion of the lightning-delayed second round, playing the final four holes in 1 under after a 65.

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Miyazato also returned early to finish the last five holes of her second-round 70. She has seven LPGA Tour victories, all in the last three seasons.

''It was a really, really long day for me,'' Miyazato said. ''I've been up since 4 o'clock this morning so it's been a while. But the temperature dropped down today so that helped a lot too. So that's why I think I could control myself out there.''

South Korea's Amy Yang was 11 under after a 68, and second-ranked Norwegian star Suzann Pettersen was another stroke back after a 69.

Thai amateur Ariya Jutanugarn had two eagles in a 65 that left her at 9 under.

Michelle Wie was even par after a 73.

 



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