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Choi retains lead in Malaysia

Defending champion Na-yeon Choi of South Korea retained her two-shot lead after the third round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

The world No 4 carded a three-under 68 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to move to 13-under 200 for the tournament.

Choi birdied the first hole but rain then halted play for more than four hours.

After returning to the course she added further birdies at the fifth, 12th and 16th holes with her lone bogey coming on the 10th.

Fellow South Korean Park Inbee is two shots back after posting the day's best score of 65, while Karrie Webb of Australia is another two shots back in third place following a 68.

Japan's Ai Miyazato (68) and Suzann Pettersen of Norway (70) share fourth spot on eight under with Scotland's Catriona Matthew (70) on seven under alongside Mika Miyazato of Japan (71) and American Paula Creamer (70).

Choi, who bagged her first Major when she triumphed at the US Women's Open earlier this year, said: "I don't really like being in the lead as there is more pressure. I prefer to play catch up and make my move in the last round.

"I was feeling the pressure a bit as it has been a long day, what with the four-hour delay and all. All day long it has been raining. It's tiring."