The world’s No. 3 player delighted the Thai galleries with birdies on holes Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to finish with a three-round total of 11-under 205, putting her ahead of Lorena Ochoa (68) and former Duke star Brittany Lang (71).
Ochoa, the top-ranked Mexican star making her first start of the season, started with a bogey but then had five birdies to get within striking distance.
“Sometimes when you start off bad you get angry and motivated at the same time,” Ochoa said. “Now I’m in a good position in the tournament.”
Lang led after two bogey-free rounds. She bogeyed the fourth, but was still in contention for her first LPGA Tour win.
Australian Karrie Webb (69) was fourth, a shot ahead of Hee Young Park of South Korea, Japan’s Mika Miyazato and American Angela Stanford. Stanford won the season-opening SBS Open on Feb. 14.