Thompson, who won the Thai event in 2016 by six shots with a 20 under total and tied for fourth previous year, started her round in style with an eagle followed by a birdie only to bogey the 3 hole. This weekend, she hopes to remain a headache for the rest of the field, seeking her first win on Tour since the 2015 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Prior to the eagle, Korda had picked up three birdies prior to the turn and five more after - including four in a row from the 13th.
"I had no expectations, but my coach and I have worked together and it is still there", said Korda, who bogeyed the fifth after starting the round with four straight pars. I have a couple screws in my face. "I actually wished for a birdie but I didn't capitalise on my chances in the first two days", said Ariya, who narrowly missed out in 2013, when she held a two-shot lead heading down the 18th, only to finish with a triple-bogey and fail to become the first home victor.
"It's fun to see all the circles on the scorecard".
"I really enjoyed my game today, it's working out pretty good", said Moriya, who is looking for her first career win.
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On the 15th hole at Siam Country Club, Thompson found her ball near an advertising sign, which she moved. "But, yeah, it was fun". I didn't know if I was going to have enough. "To be the second event of the season, that's pretty cool".
Moriya Jutanugarn is in solo second at 16-under while Minjee Lee charged late with birdies on 15, 16 and 17 to get into third at 15-under.
Thompson took a two-stoke penalty for "moving a temporary immovable obstruction" on the 15th, dropping from 12-under to 10-under. The round was highlighted by a string of five birdies in a six-hole stretch between seven and 12.
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