American teenager Lexi Thompson held on for a one-shot lead at the Dubai Ladies Masters on Friday after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th for a 2-under 70 in the third round.
The 16-year-old Thompson, the youngest LPGA Tour winner, is at 206 overall, one shot ahead of Sophie Gustafson (69). Thompson is looking to become the second youngest winner on the European Tour, only three months after she won her first LPGA event in Alabama to make history on that tour.
''I hit it pretty well. I just left a few putts out there but a lot of girls are in contention so it will be a great day out there,'' Thompson said. ''I'm just going to try and make birdies throughout the whole day, play consistent. Pars, birdies nothing can be worse than that.''
Thompson led by two shots going into the third round but she opened with a bogey after driving behind some trees and failing to make a 4-foot putt.
She pulled a shot back with a birdie on the third hole but couldn't shake the 38-year-old Gustafson...