Thompson: My putting was key

Lexi Thompson credited her hot putter for helping her to a four-shot lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Saturday.

The American shot a sterling eight-under-par 64 to reclaim the lead she relinquished after the second round.

Thompson made nine birdies and just one bogey, and said a miss at the first hole helped spark her round.

“Yeah, it was a good day out there, very solid,” said Thompson. “I just made sure I had fun out there and stayed positive. I missed a putt on the first hole which got me down a little bit, but I tried to stay positive going into the next hole and fire at pins like I did the first day.”

Thompson needed just 24 putts in her round, and credited her new ‘eyes-closed’ method, which allows her to play more off feel.

“Yeah, I think today a huge key was my putting,” said Thompson. “I made a lot of good putts today. Even some for up-and-downs there on 8 and 9, which definitely helped out. But the 15-footers are always nice to make.”

Either a win or a runner-up finish will see Thompson take over from Stacy Lewis as the highest ranked American LPGA player, but she admits she is targeting nothing less than the trophy.

“I think it’s all a matter of me getting comfortable on the golf course and just having fun with my caddie Benji in between shots and just keeping myself relaxed,” she added.

“I know where my game’s at right now. But I also know there are a lot of great players out there, so I have to focus on myself.”