Patty Tavatanakit opens 5-shot lead in hot, windy ANA

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Patty Tavatanakit opened a five-stroke lead on another hot and windy afternoon at the ANA Motivation, all however squashing her oppositions’ hopes with a striking mix of power and touch.

A stroke ahead after each of the very first 2 rounds at Objective Hills, the 21-year-old Thai gamer shot a 5-under 67 in 100-degree heat Saturday to reach 14-under 202 in the very first significant champion of the year.

Tavatanakit matched the competition 54-hole record set by Pernilla Lindberg in her 2018 success. Dottie Pepper set the total mark of 19 under in 1999.

Protecting champ Mirim Lee and Ally Ewing were 2nd at 9 under in case being played without viewers for the 2nd time in 7 months.

Tavatanakit crushed drives — striking a 337-yarder on the par-5 11th — and was similarly as reliable on and around the greens. The previous UCLA star birdied the very first 3 holes, holing a 20-footer on the par-4 3rd. She holed a 12-footer for birdie on the par-5 ninth after striking her 2nd into a greenside bunker, and made a 15-footer on 11 to open a five-stroke lead.

After a series of par conserves, she could not get a 4-footer to drop 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, stopping working to get up-and-down from a challenging depend on a greenside bunker. She left the par-5 18th with a par after her 3rd shot spun off the front of the green to the edge of the water.

The trip novice is attempting to end up being the 6th straight worldwide winner in the competition commemorating its 50th edition. She won 7 times in 2 seasons at UCLA and had 3 success on the Symetra Trip in 2019.

Lee shot a 68, using a facemask while she played. The South Korean gamer won the delayed occasion in September for her very first significant title.

Ewing had a bogey-free 66. The American won in 2015 at Reynolds Lake Oconee for her very first trip title, playing then under her first name of McDonald.

Shanshan Feng, a stroke behind playing partner Tavatanakit getting in the round, was 8 under after a 72. The Chinese star is making her very first start after remaining 16 months since of the coronavirus pandemic and a visa hold-up.

Inbee Park and Charley Hull were 7 under.

Park shot a 70. The 2013 winner at Objective Hills, she won recently in her very first start of the year.

Hull had a triple bogey on No. 3 and a closing bogey in a 71.

Americans Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Jessica Korda were reversed by huge numbers.

Lewis played the very first 13 holes in 8 under, then made a triple bogey on 14 in a 67 that left her 4 under.

Korda was the very first gamer on and off the course, teeing off by herself at 7:55 a.m. and completing a 68 in 2 hours, 52 minutes. She closed with a double bogey to be up to 3 under after laying up into a divot and striking her 3rd shot into the water.

Thompson completed with a quadruple-bogey 9 for a 75 to be up to 1 over. The 2014 winner had a triple bogey on No. 3.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.