Choi protects 2-shot lead at LPGA Malaysia



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Defending champion Na-yeon Choi of South Korea maintained a two-shot lead in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a 3-under 68 Saturday in a rain-interrupted third round.

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

Fellow South Korean Park Inbee is two shots back after putting up the day’s best score of 65, while Karrie Webb of Australia is another two shots back after a 68.

Choi won the U.S. Women’s Open in July for her first major title and sixth LPGA Tour victory.