PETALING JAYA: Malaysian pro Kelly Tan impressed with a stunning six-under 66 to move into the top 40 of the US$2mil (RM8.27mil) Lotte Championship in Hawaii.
It could have been a flawless third round if she had not bogeyed the fourth hole.
She made a superb start with an eagle on the par-five hole 1 and birdies on the seventh, ninth, 10th, 13th and 15th holes to sign off her day.
Kelly’s total of nine-under 207 saw her sharing 40th spot with nine other golfers.
Kelly finished her second round of play with a three-under 69 at the Kapolei Golf Club on Thursday.
The top-ranked Malaysian, who is in line to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in July, opened her campaign with an even-par effort on Wednesday.
Former world No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand fired a stunning seven-under 65 to take the solo lead heading into the final round.
The Kiwi carded seven birdies to get to 21-under through three rounds of the latest LPGA Tour event in Hawaii.
Lydia, who started the third round two shots off the pace, holds a one-stroke lead over American Nelly Korda, who finished with a nine-under 63.
It is the second time Kelly is playing in the weekend in three starts in her 2021 season so far.
Kelly tied for 63rd spot in the US$3.1mil (RM12.8mil) ANA Inspiration earlier this month.