Choi, Lewis share lead in Singapore

Updated: March 2, 2013

Na Yeon Choi waited through a lengthy rain delay
at the final hole on Saturday before closing with a birdie to join Stacy Lewis
at the top of the leaderboard of the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Lewis, Choi and Ariya Jutanugarn were headed to the 18th hole as the lone
players remaining on the course when a rain storm erupted and forced a nearly
two-hour long delay.

The birdie capped a 5-under 67 for Choi, while Lewis parred the par-5 18th
when play resumed to finalize a 3-under 69 and end three rounds at the Sentosa
Golf Club’s Serapong Course at 14-under-par 202.

Paula Creamer overcame a pair of bogeys with five birdies en route a 3-under
69 and sole possession of third place at 12-under 204, while Jutanugarn
countered four bogeys with four birdies en route to an even-par 72.

Jutanugarn is grouped with Danielle Kang (70), Sun Young Yoo (72) and first-
round leader Azahara Munoz (72) in fourth place at minus-9.

Lewis entered the day holding a 2-stroke cushion for the top spot, but quickly
gave that up with bogeys at the first and third.

Choi, meanwhile, raced out to consecutive birdies at the first and second
before another birdie at the seventh moved her into sole possession of first
place at 12-under par for the tournament.

But Lewis poured in three straight birdies starting at the seventh to bring
her into a tie for the lead entering the 10th hole, which Choi birdied to
again take the top spot.

After Choi answered Lewis’ birdie at the 12th with one of her own at the 14th,
Choi stumbled to a bogey at the 15th, while Lewis recorded a birdie to regain
the lead.

Both then parred the next two holes before Choi closed her round with her
sixth birdie of the day, sending her into the final round tied for the lead.

Creamer countered a bogey at the first with a birdie at the third, and then
opened her inward nine with three straight birdies at the 10th, 11th and 12th.

A bogey at the 16th briefly halted her momentum, but she closed her day with a
birdie at the 18th to keep her in striking distance of the lead.

NOTES: Lewis has not finished higher than ninth in her previous three starts
at this event … Choi tied for second here last year … Choi is attempting
to capture her eight LPGA title, while Lewis is seeking her sixth … Creamer
will try to win her 10th career tournament … 2012 winner Angela Stanford
carded a 1-over 73 on Saturday and sits tied for 57th at 9-over.