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Lewis increases lead in Dubai
Stacy Lewis of the U.S. tees off on the 8th hole during the 3rd round of the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stacy Lewis increased her lead to two strokes in the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round Friday.
The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, had an 11-under 205 total in the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event. She had three birdies and a bogey at Emirates Golf Course a day after making eight birdies in a 65.
"It's always hard to follow up a day like I had yesterday, especially on the greens," Lewis said. "It was the kind of day that could have been worse and it could have been better. But overall, I'm right where I need to be going into tomorrow.
"I just didn't hit it quite as close. Didn't have as many good opportunities at birdie. But still hit a ton of greens and, if I can just get a couple more putts to fall early tomorrow, I think I'll be in a good place."
Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum was second after a 69.
"I don't think I played that bad," Phatlum said. "I just missed a few putts."
Defending champion Shanshan Feng of China was tied for ninth at 2 under after a 71.