Patty Tavatanakit Pushes ANA Inspiration Lead To Five Strokes
Zeeshan Mehtab 7 days ago Sun 04th April 2021 | 08:40 AM
Los Angeles, April 4 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Apr, 2021 ) :Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit is poised to make her first LPGA title a major triumph after firing a five-under par 67 Saturday for a five-shot lead at the ANA Inspiration.
The 21-year-old had seven birdies in her 67 at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California, showing no sign of nerves as she built ruthlessly on her one-shot overnight lead.
She was three strokes in front of defending champion Lee Mi-rim of South Korea and American Ally Ewing.
Chinese veteran Feng Shanshan, playing her first LPGA event in more than a year, carded an even par 72 for sole possession of third place on eight-under 208.
"You know, today I'm going to leave it behind," she said of an impressive round that she opened with three straight birdies.
Patty rolled in a long birdie putt at the ninth to make the turn four-under for the day and drained another birdie bomb at 11 to push her lead to five shots for the first time.
She followed a bogey at the 12th with a four-foot birdie at 13 and made another long birdie putt at 15 to push her lead to six before giving a stroke back at 17 -- where she was unable to get up and down for par from a greenside bunker.
"It's a great day, acknowledged it, and it's in the past now," Patty said. "All I can think about is what can I do tomorrow, what can I improve from today's round?"I was getting a little tired at the end. What can I do to keep my energy level up throughout the day tomorrow? That's going to be my goal.
"And just stay calm out there," she said. "I feel like I did that pretty well. Whatever the outcome is I'll be really happy. It's been a good week so far."