LPGA Tour

CME Group Tour Championship

November 15-18

Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida

$2,500,000

November 15-18

Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida

$2,500,000

Round 3

Lexi Thompson takes three-shot lead

November 17, 2018

Lexi Thompson fired a four-under par 68 on Saturday to take a commanding three-shot lead over Nelly Korda in the LPGA's season-ending Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.

Thompson made four of her five birdies on the back nine at Tiburon Golf Club to put herself in position for a first win of 2018.

"Golf is all about momentum," said Thompson, who can expunge the memory of a missed two-footer that cost her victory here last year.

"I just tried to keep the same attitude as I did the last two days," said Thompson, adding that having her brother, Curtis, on her bag had kept things relaxed.

"He's always cracking jokes out there," she said. "It's been a nice, relaxing week just having him on the bag and having all my family and friends out here supporting me."

A victory would extend Thompson's streak to six straight LPGA seasons with at least one win.

Her 16-under total of 200 put her three clear of Korda, who had eight birdies in her five-under 67. It was a further three shots back to Spain's Carlota Ciganda, who had three birdies without a bogey in her three-under 69.

World number one and defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn goes into the final round 10 adrift, but she's still in position to claim the $1 million bonus for winning the LPGA's Race to the CME Globe season-long points chase for the second time in three years.

The 22-year-old from Thailand, whose three titles this year include her second major at the US Women's Open, is already assured of claiming Player of the Year honors. She's also closing in on the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average in 2018.

"I did a pretty good job," Ariya said after a round that featured five birdies but was marred by a double-bogey six at the 11th.

"I didn't think about that at all," she added of the Globe race. "Yesterday I (thought) about that too much, worrying about that."

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Lexi Thompson
-16
65
67
68
200
2
Nelly Korda
-13
69
67
67
203
3
Carlota Ciganda
-10
66
71
69
206
T4
So Yeon Ryu
-9
69
69
69
207
T4
Marina Alex
-9
69
67
71
207
T6
Lydia Ko
-8
69
71
68
208
T6
Brittany Lincicome
-8
64
71
73
208
T8
Sei Young Kim
-7
69
72
68
209
T8
Gaby Lopez
-7
71
69
69
209
T8
Megan Khang
-7
71
67
71
209
T8
Charley Hull
-7
69
68
72
209
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
70
71
69
210
T12
Mi Hyang Lee
-6
70
70
70
210
T12
Nasa Hataoka
-6
64
76
70
210
T15
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
73
69
69
211
T12
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-6
67
70
73
210
T16
Jessica Korda
-5
69
69
73
211
T16
Amy Olson
-5
63
72
76
211
T18
Anna Nordqvist
-4
70
71
71
212
T19
Danielle Kang
-4
69
72
71
212
T19
Lizette Salas
-4
69
71
72
212
22
Sung Hyun Park
-3
71
73
69
213
T23
Brittany Altomare
-2
73
73
68
214
T23
Tiffany Joh
-2
71
72
71
214
T23
Azahara Munoz
-2
72
69
73
214
T23
Yu Liu
-2
68
72
74
214
T27
Annie Park
-1
74
74
67
215
T27
Haeji Kang
-1
70
76
69
215
T27
Aditi Ashok
-1
72
73
70
215
T27
Jane Park
-1
72
72
71
215
T27
Hee Young Park
-1
69
74
72
215
T27
Katherine Kirk
-1
70
72
73
215
T33
Su Oh
E
71
75
70
216
T33
Mo Martin
E
74
71
71
216
T33
Moriya Jutanugarn
E
72
71
73
216
T33
Austin Ernst
E
70
72
74
216
T37
Eun-Hee Ji
1
71
77
69
217
T37
Sakura Yokomine
1
72
72
73
217
T37
Pornanong Phatlum
1
73
70
74
217
T37
Chella Choi
1
69
74
74
217
T41
Maria Torres
2
73
74
71
218
T41
Angel Yin
2
71
76
71
218
T41
Thidapa Suwannapura
2
73
73
72
218
T41
Mirim Lee
2
72
74
72
218
T41
Jenny Shin
2
72
73
73
218
T41
Emma Talley
2
70
75
73
218
T41
Georgia Hall
2
71
72
75
218
T41
Caroline Masson
2
71
72
75
218
T41
Wei-Ling Hsu
2
72
70
76
218
T41
Cristie Kerr
2
69
70
79
218
T51
Dani Holmqvist
3
70
76
73
219
T51
Peiyun Chien
3
73
72
74
219
T51
Minjee Lee
3
70
75
74
219
T51
Hannah Green
3
73
71
75
219
T51
Ashleigh Buhai
3
69
71
79
219
T56
Wichanee Meechai
4
74
74
72
220
T56
Celine Boutier
4
74
74
72
220
T56
Ayako Uehara
4
74
73
73
220
T56
Lindy Duncan
4
67
79
74
220
T56
Jeong Eun Lee
4
71
73
76
220
T56
Jaye Marie Green
4
69
75
76
220
T56
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
4
70
73
77
220
63
Mariajo Uribe
5
71
74
76
221
T64
Ryann O'Toole
6
72
79
71
222
T64
Sarah Jane Smith
6
70
80
72
222
T64
Bronte Law
6
69
79
74
222
T64
In Gee Chun
6
72
74
76
222
T64
Ally McDonald
6
73
72
77
222
T69
Jacqui Concolino
7
76
75
72
223
T69
Jin Young Ko
7
78
72
73
223
71
Pernilla Lindberg
9
75
77
73
225
72
Mariah Stackhouse
13
76
75
78
229
Pos.
Player
To Par
R3
Total
1
Lexi Thompson
-16
68
200
2
Nelly Korda
-13
67
203
3
Carlota Ciganda
-10
69
206
T4
So Yeon Ryu
-9
69
207
T4
Marina Alex
-9
71
207
T6
Lydia Ko
-8
68
208
T6
Brittany Lincicome
-8
73
208
T8
Sei Young Kim
-7
68
209
T8
Gaby Lopez
-7
69
209
T8
Megan Khang
-7
71
209
T8
Charley Hull
-7
72
209
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
69
210
T12
Mi Hyang Lee
-6
70
210
T12
Nasa Hataoka
-6
70
210
T15
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
69
211
T12
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-6
73
210
T16
Jessica Korda
-5
73
211
T16
Amy Olson
-5
76
211
T18
Anna Nordqvist
-4
71
212
T19
Danielle Kang
-4
71
212
T19
Lizette Salas
-4
72
212
22
Sung Hyun Park
-3
69
213
T23
Brittany Altomare
-2
68
214
T23
Tiffany Joh
-2
71
214
T23
Azahara Munoz
-2
73
214
T23
Yu Liu
-2
74
214
T27
Annie Park
-1
67
215
T27
Haeji Kang
-1
69
215
T27
Aditi Ashok
-1
70
215
T27
Jane Park
-1
71
215
T27
Hee Young Park
-1
72
215
T27
Katherine Kirk
-1
73
215
T33
Su Oh
E
70
216
T33
Mo Martin
E
71
216
T33
Moriya Jutanugarn
E
73
216
T33
Austin Ernst
E
74
216
T37
Eun-Hee Ji
1
69
217
T37
Sakura Yokomine
1
73
217
T37
Pornanong Phatlum
1
74
217
T37
Chella Choi
1
74
217
T41
Maria Torres
2
71
218
T41
Angel Yin
2
71
218
T41
Thidapa Suwannapura
2
72
218
T41
Mirim Lee
2
72
218
T41
Jenny Shin
2
73
218
T41
Emma Talley
2
73
218
T41
Georgia Hall
2
75
218
T41
Caroline Masson
2
75
218
T41
Wei-Ling Hsu
2
76
218
T41
Cristie Kerr
2
79
218
T51
Dani Holmqvist
3
73
219
T51
Peiyun Chien
3
74
219
T51
Minjee Lee
3
74
219
T51
Hannah Green
3
75
219
T51
Ashleigh Buhai
3
79
219
T56
Wichanee Meechai
4
72
220
T56
Celine Boutier
4
72
220
T56
Ayako Uehara
4
73
220
T56
Lindy Duncan
4
74
220
T56
Jeong Eun Lee
4
76
220
T56
Jaye Marie Green
4
76
220
T56
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
4
77
220
63
Mariajo Uribe
5
76
221
T64
Ryann O'Toole
6
71
222
T64
Sarah Jane Smith
6
72
222
T64
Bronte Law
6
74
222
T64
In Gee Chun
6
76
222
T64
Ally McDonald
6
77
222
T69
Jacqui Concolino
7
72
223
T69
Jin Young Ko
7
73
223
71
Pernilla Lindberg
9
73
225
72
Mariah Stackhouse
13
78
229