RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Patty Tavatanakit opened a 5-stroke lead on one other hot and windy afternoon at the ANA Inspiration, all but crushing her challengers’ hopes with a striking combination of energy and contact.
A stroke forward after each and every of the main two rounds, the 21-300 and sixty five days-extinct Thai player shot a 5-under 67 in 100-stage heat Saturday to succeed in 14-under 202 at Mission Hills in the main main championship of the 300 and sixty five days.
“I’m fine in the warmth,” Tavatanakit acknowledged. “I grew up in this in Thailand.”
She matched the occasion 54-gap file dwelling by Pernilla Lindberg in her 2018 victory. Dottie Pepper dwelling the total mark of 19 under in 1999.
“This day, I’m going to poke away it behind,” Tavatanakit acknowledged. “It’s a huge day, acknowledged it, and it’s in the past now. All I will think about is what can I bear the following day, what can I enhance from this day’s spherical.”
Defending champion Mirim Lee and Ally Ewing bear been 2nd at 9 under in the occasion being played without spectators for the 2nd time in seven months.
Tavatanakit crushed drives — hitting a 337-yarder on the par-5 11th — and turned into equally as effective on and during the greens.
“I’ve hit it the farthest I’ve ever hit right here,” Tavatanakit acknowledged. “It’s a minute abnormal to bear a lob wedge in on the main gap.”
The extinct UCLA celebrity is trying to turn into the sixth straight international winner in the occasion celebrating its 50th edition. She obtained seven instances in two seasons at UCLA and had three Symetra Tour victories in 2019.
“Maintain on the pedal,” Tavatanakit acknowledged. “I play aggressive after I’d be and you obtained to play sparkling golf. It’s a foremost championship. Pins are tricky, tricky stipulations. You obtained to bear the things you need to exit and bear and include the total challenges.”
She birdied the main three holes, holing a 20-footer on the par-4 third.
“It’s always good to bear an correct begin to in truth feel a minute bit extra totally satisfied at some point of the day,” Tavatanakit acknowledged. “I turned into hitting it in truth successfully. I’m putting so successfully beautiful now. Simply in truth chuffed with how everything played out.”
She holed a 12-footer for birdie on the par-5 ninth after hitting her 2nd into a greenside bunker, and made a 15-footer on 11 to inaugurate a 5-stroke lead.
After a series of par saves, she couldn’t procure a 4-footer to fall on the par-4 12th. She rebounded with a wedge to 4 feet for a birdie on the par-4 13th, and made an 8-footer on the par-4 15th.
Tavatanakit bogeyed the par-3 17th, failing to upward thrust up-and-down from a elaborate lie in a greenside bunker. She escaped the par-5 18th with a par after her third shot spun off the front of the green to the fringe of the water.
“I turned into getting a minute drained at the finish,” Tavatanakit acknowledged.
Lee shot a 68, wearing a facemask whereas she played. The South Korean player obtained the postponed occasion in September for her first main title.
“It neutral correct tricky this day,” Lee acknowledged. “Weather is minute hotter than the day previous to this after which route turned into complex this day. It’s windy after which minute less assailable. I made correct rating.”
Ewing had a bogey-free 66. The American obtained last 300 and sixty five days at Reynolds Lake Oconee for her first tour title, playing then under her maiden name of McDonald.
“I turned into as in a position to procure off to a in truth correct begin with three birdies to begin the day,” Ewing acknowledged. “Then I neutral correct saved giving myself barely plenty of looks.”
Shanshan Feng, a stroke behind playing accomplice Tavatanakit entering the spherical, turned into 8 under after a 72. The Chinese celebrity is making her first begin after sitting out 16 months due to the coronavirus pandemic and a visa lengthen.
“I’m so totally satisfied to be paired with Patty this day,” Feng acknowledged. “She’s an amazing player. … It turned into exhausting to maintain up with her, but I think I nonetheless gave my easiest.”
Inbee Park and Charley Hull bear been 7 under.
Park shot a 70. The 2013 winner at Mission Hills, she obtained last week in her first begin of the 300 and sixty five days.
“Warmth always gets me,” Park acknowledged. “I’m no longer a hot weather particular person, so it’s definitely a exhausting couple days for me. Completely one extra day left.”
Hull had a triple bogey on No. 3 and a closing bogey in a 71.
Individuals Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis bear been undone by sizable numbers.
Lewis played the main 13 holes in 8 under, then made a triple bogey on 14 in a 67 that left her 4 under. Thompson finished with a quadruple-bogey 9 for a 75 to plunge to 1 over. The 2014 winner had a triple bogey on No. 3.
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