Amy Olson was in second.
Thompson played the first two rounds this week with fellow American Michelle Wie (67), who made the cut after an opening 75 during which she suffered dizziness. "I do hate getting wet, but I won't let that stop me if I have to".
But it was a wedge shot that brought about the highlight of her day at the 15th, where her approach from 102 yards landed beyond the hole, took a couple of bounces and then rolled back into the cup.
"I've been on tour long enough to be in a lot of heated moments", Lindberg said. Thompson had a strong finish today on the 18th hole carding a birdie to get the crowd going. "I knew Sung Hyun was going to make some birdies".
"I was super-focussed at the US Open, and felt just as focused today", the 24-year-old South Korean player said.
The Swedish golfer shared the lead with South Korea's Park Sung-hyun heading into the penultimate round but Lindberg holed four birdies and just two bogeys as her rival faded.
"It was rough out there", she said. The U.S. Women's Open victor played a nine-hole stretch in 7 under.
Park, the reigning U.S. Women's Open champion, fired an eight-under-par 64 that included an eagle at the par-four 15th at Mission Hills. "There are a bunch of fairways that I couldn't miss, so that is something I am disappointed in".
Incredibly, Park played her last seven holes at 5-over par, watching her momentum turn into a fight for every shot.
Rounding out that group at 10 under: Charley Hull, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Moryia Jutanugarn and Jennifer Song. Inbee Park won the Founders Cup two weeks ago in Phoenix, playing the final 36 holes in 14 under.
"My putter obviously saved me a few times", Lindberg said.
Amy Olson, a 25-year-old from North Dakota, finds herself in second place, just three strokes out of the lead. You can't really learn until you've been there.
"I'm trying not to hit golf balls", she said.
She shot a sizzling 68 to get to 205, three strokes behind Lindberg. Round 2 Amateur Leaderboard67-71=138 (T8) Albane Valenzuela (Switzerland) 72-70=142 (T34) Rose Zhang (Irvine, CA) 71-71=142 (T34) Atthaya Thitikul (Thailand) 73-70=143 (T41) Lilia Vu (Fountain Valley, CA) 70-76=146 (MC) Lucy Li (Redwood City, CA) 76-73=149 (MC) Sophia Schubert (Oak Ridge, TN) 77-75=152 (MC) Maria Fassi (Mexico) ROUND ONE RECAPA year ago Stanford sophomore Albane Valenzuela was supposed to play in the ANA Inspiration but shortly before the event she was involved in a vehicle crash forcing her to withdraw. Minjee Lee of Australia, who started the day tied for 63rd, ended it tied for 12th after a 64. "I really think that anybody can win", she said. She won in 2011 at Mission Hills and lost a playoff to Brittany Lincicome in 2015.
While Wie, at 2-under for the tourney, comfortably made the cut, which was projected at even-par late Friday, she was anything but comfortable on the course for the second day in a row.