Top-ranked American and fan favorite Lexi Thompson increased her LPGA Kingsmill Championship lead to three shots Friday over Gerina Piller.
Thompson birdied hole 17 before saving par on 18 to go 12-under par for the tournament, carding 65 for the second consecutive day.
Bogeys on 16 and 18 cost Piller (9 under) of Roswell, N.M. on Friday.
Candie Kung, representing Chinese Taipei, and world No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand were tied for third at 8 under and Korea's In Gee Chun and Maryland native Vicky Hurst were tied for fifth at 7 under.
Thompson's 6-under scores matched her second-best round of the season. She shot a 12-under 61 in the Bahamas in January.
"I'm never going to complain with 6 under par," Thompson said Thursday. "I'm just trying to focus on my game and get it more consistent.… I'm in a good spot right now."
And an even better spot entering Saturday.
Two of the biggest movers of the day were Chun, who rose 11 spots, and American veteran Angela Stanford, who went from 34th to tied for seventh, but still six shots off the lead.
The cut line was even par and some of the notable names not to make it were Americans Alison Lee, Cheyenne Woods, Lizette Salas, Morgan Pressel and German Sandra Gal.
Here are the pairings for Round 3.