Ariya takes lead in Kingsmill Championship
Ariya Jutanugarn tees off on Hole 4 from the third round in the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia. (AFP photo)
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Ariya “Nong May” Jutanugarn moved in place on her second straight LPGA Tour victory yesterday, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 65 to accept third-round lead while it is raining-drenched Kingsmill Championship.
The 20-year-old Ariya had three birdies inside a four-hole stretch around the front nine around the saturated River Course and birdied three from the last six. She’s coming off a victory two days ago in Alabama that made her the very first Thai champion in LPGA Tour history.
“Normally, if I am tied for that lead a treadmill shot behind, I recieve a bit excited,” Ariya stated. “However nowadays I am not. I simply keep playing my game enjoy yourself and revel in it with each and every shot.”
Ariya were built with a 10-under 203 total.
“I believe (Sunday) will probably be a lot fun because rain, have fun with the elements, and hard conditions,” Ariya stated. “Simply have fun, enjoy, because Among the finest to complete my favorite. Like no matter what, I actually want to have some fun because at this time, everything will work for me.
Second-round leader So Yeon Ryu bogeyed the ultimate hole for any 69 to decrease a stroke back together with fellow South Korean player In Gee Chun and Chaiyaphum’s Pornanong Phatlum.
Pornanong shot a 65. She birdied both componen-5s and both componen-3 around the front nine but closed the outward half together with her lone bogey. She ran off three birdies consecutively beginning in the componen-5 15th to charge in to the last trio.
“Now I attempted to love concentrate on my swing and focus on putting,” Pornanong stated. “So, cause me to feel well informed and do not consider the end result, just play my game.”
“I had been almost likely to play a bogey-free round and that i designed a bogey in the last hole,” stated Ryu, rated eleventh on the planet but sixth within the race for that four spots on South Korea’s Olympic team. “I had been pretty disappointed. But yeah, I hit a poor tee shot. The left side is actually, really stiff. … But all of those other day my playing was pretty great. I am pleased with that.
Chun birdied her final six holes for any 62 to tie the program record set by Jiyai Shin this year. The U.S. Women’s Open champion is eighth on the planet and 4th within the South Korean Olympic race.
“I simply centered on my shots,” Chun stated. “I didn’t feel now this morning due to the weather and since I’ve allergic reactions. It is bad. I didn’t feel great. Also it was lots of windy today, so I didn’t have fun with high expectations.”
Protecting champion Minjee Lee was 8 under following a 68. The 19-year-old Australian won this past year at Kingsmill inside a Monday finish and added her second tour title recently in Hawaii.
Laetitia Beck (66) and sixth-rated Amy Yang (69) also were 8 under. Beck may be the first Israeli player to entitled to the LPGA Tour.
4th-rated Stacy Lewis, a stroke behind Ryu following a second-round 66, were built with a 70 to fall under a tie for eighth at 8 under. Lewis tied for second two days ago in Alabama on her tenth runner-up finish inside a 49-event drought. The 11-time tour champion has 23 career second-place finishes.
Third-rated Lexi Thompson were built with a 67 to maneuver right into a tie for 18th at 5 under. She’s coming off a victory two days ago around the Japan LPGA.
Top-rated Lydia Ko was tied for 24th at 4 under following a 68. The 19-year-old New Zealander won the Kia Classic and major ANA Inspiration in consecutive days in Los Angeles.