American Cristie Kerr in action during the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Pic by MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI.

KUALA LUMPUR: The US’s Cristie Kerr is on course to winning the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia as it culminates at the TPC Kuala Lumpur, tomorrow.

“I definitely hit it better and when I give my putter chances, usually, I do okay with that. So, it’s been fun the last couple of days,” said the 40-year-old professional.

The two-time Major winner is in great form after winning the Lotte Championship in April, coupled with six top-five finishes this season alone, and this has been reflected in her rounds of 70-63-65 to hold the clubhouse lead by one-shot (15-under-par 198) over defending champion, Shanshan Feng.

Shanshan was nearly defeated by the scorching weather, but managed to fend it off as she craves her third Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title.

After three rounds, Shanshan was hindered from recording bogeys in her round as she collected three-birdies to finish at 68, playing to an aggregate of 14-under-par 199.

“It was really hot with no breeze. I almost felt like I was going down, but I tried my best. I mean, my ball-striking wasn’t as accurate, but I think overall, three-under, bogey-free round is still a very good score for Saturday,” said the 2017 Volvik Championship winner.

Six-time winner on the LPGA Tour Kim Sei-Young finished third, just four shots shy of the leader, with rounds of 69-65-68 for an 11-under-par 202 total.

The 24-year-old will be looking for her second win this season after overcoming a two-stroke penalty she received as she moved into the final hole on Friday.

“After I got the penalty, I tried to forget about it, but it was tough,” said the South Korean golfer.

“I tried to forget about it, reset and restart again today.”

Meanwhile, the best finishing by a Malaysian was Winnie Ng, who despite being fatigued and unprepared, closed at 56th with her four-over-par 217 score.

The second best finishing by a Malaysian are Natasha Andrea Oon and LPGA professional Kelly Tan, finishing at 11-over 224 at joint 68th with American Tiffany Joh.

Other Malaysians on the field are Michelle Koh in 71st (12-over-225), Aretha Pan on joined 72nd (14-over 227), Durriyah on 74th (16-over-229), Liyana Durisic at 75th (17-over-230) and Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser in last place (25-over-238).

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