Choi protects 2-shot lead at LPGA Malaysia

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Defending champion Na Yeon Choi maintained a two-shot lead in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a 3-under 68 on Saturday in the rain-interrupted third round.

The South Korean player had a 13-under 200 total after opening with rounds of 65 and 67 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

"Actually, honestly, I don't like leading, that feeling. I like chasing better," Choi said. "But like today, I think I played too much safely. So tomorrow, I'm not going to think about my score, even two-shot lead. I just go out there with a general score and play my game. I want to play lower than any day."

She birdied the first hole before play was delayed for more than four hours because of lightning and rain, and finished with four birdies and a lone bogey on the 10th hole. For the third time in two years, the lights at course were turned on to help players finish.

"I think I had a pretty hard time today," Choi said. "It was raining all day. That's why I play so long. We wake up like 12 hours ago and that's a pretty long day. I have to focus on my game, play my game, just play one shot at a time. I think that's my goal tomorrow."

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