Another birdie-friendly day for Kiwi Lydia Ko has seen her trail the leader by just two shots heading into the final round at the LPGA's Honda Thailand event after shooting a five-under par third-round score.
Ko started the day in a share of fourth, five shots off the lead but came out of the clubhouse in barnstorming fashion.
After two straight pars to start her round, Ko produced three straight birdies to move her to 14-under just two shots off the lead.
After a par at the par-four sixth, Ko dropped her first shot of the day at the seventh after a poor iron shot left her with a tricky task to two putt to avoid bogey but she couldn't and moved back to three shots off the pace.
The Kiwi rounded out her front nine in scintillating fashion at the par-four ninth. A poor iron shot saw Ko needing to get up and down from the bunker and she made no mistake with a brilliant sand save to avoid bogey.
Ko started the back nine with two pars before picking up her fourth birdie of the day to move her to 14-under just one shot off the lead.
But she quickly dropped back to a share of six with her second bogey of the day at the par-four 13th.
The 24-year-old bounced straight back with back-to-back birdies to see her rise to 15-under and just one shot off the lead.
Ko finished her round in spectacular fashion with her seventh birdie of the day to see her move to 16-under and just two shots off the lead.
Ko starts the final round in a share of fourth with Mexican Gaby Lopez as they trail Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit who sits at the top of the leaderboard at 18-under one shot clear of the chasers.
German Caroline Masson and Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul are at 17-under one shot behind Tavatanakit.
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