Na Yeon Choi takes LPGA Malaysia lead

October 18, 2011 - 2:26 AM
Malaysia LPGA Golf

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea hits a shot on the 9th hole during the third round of the LPGA Malaysia golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — South Korea's Na Yeon Choi took a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lang on Saturday in the LPGA Malaysia, finishing off a 4-under 67 in fading light after a long rain delay.

Choi birdied the par-3 15th and par-4 16th and closed with two pars to reach 12 under at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Lang, tied for the second-round lead with fellow American Stacy Lewis, birdied four of the last six holes — the last on the par-4 18th at dusk — for a 69.

Choi is winless in 17 starts this season after winning twice in each of the last two years. She was second last week behind top-ranked Yani Tseng in South Korea and has five top-10 finishes in her last six events.

Lang, a former Duke star, is winless in six seasons on the tour.

Spain's Azahara Munuz was 10 under after a 68.

Tseng, a six-time LPGA Tour winner this season, had a 69 to match Lewis (72) and Se Ri Pak (65) at 8 under. Suzann Pettersen was 7 under after a 69, and Paula Creamer (69) and Michelle Wie (71) were another stroke back.

Defending champion Jamin Kang was 3 over after a 75.