Yang to take it one shot at a time

Thai Ariya Jutanugarn, who rocketed to stardom with five LPGA victories last year including the British Open, is bidding to become the first local champion of the US$1.6 million (S$2.25 million) Honda event.
Thai Ariya Jutanugarn, who rocketed to stardom with five LPGA victories last year including the British Open, is bidding to become the first local champion of the US$1.6 million (S$2.25 million) Honda event.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

All to play for at rain-hit Honda LPGA event with 28 golfers yet to complete third round

BANGKOK • South Korea's Amy Yang was poised to hang onto her lead in the third round of the Honda LPGA tournament in Thailand after play was cut short by darkness yesterday.

The 27-year-old was four strokes ahead of compatriot Ryu So Yeon with five holes still to go when play was suspended at the Siam Country Club course after weather delays forced a late start.

The 2015 champion had four birdies and an eagle through 13 holes and was at 17 under when darkness fell with 10 groups still on the course, reported the Bangkok Post.

Ryu completed the round with a four-under 68 that moved her into second place with a total of 203.

Jody Ewart Shadoff of England and Kim Sei Young of South Korea were two strokes back at 11 under.

World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and her sister Moriya of Thailand were at 10 under along with world No. 3 Feng Shanshan of China and Chella Choi (65) of South Korea.

Ariya, who trailed Yang by one shot at the start of the round, had slipped back to even par after 13 holes, while Moriya was four under after 17 holes.

"My shot was good. You know, I've been hitting good all week," said Yang. "Tomorrow I'll try to do just one shot at time, hole by hole."

Both Ariya and Feng stumbled with several bogeys but are among 28 golfers who still have shots left in the round.

Ariya, who rocketed to stardom with five LPGA victories last year including the British Open, is bidding to become the first local champion of the US$1.6 million (S$2.25 million) Honda event.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, who earlier had rounds of 70 and 71, came up with a 68 late yesterday, reported the LPGA website.

That helped her to make up ground on the leaders and the New Zealander finished the day tied-15th on seven under.

Ko and Ariya will hope to finish strongly today, as the Thailand tournament serves as a warm-up for this week's HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

The world's top 10, along with a host of other high-ranking elite players, will make it down to the New Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club to battle for the top prize at the US$1.5 million Champions tournament, which starts on Thursday.

Round three of the Thailand LPGA tournament is scheduled to resume at 7am (local time) today, with the final round slated to tee off shortly before 10am.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 26, 2017, with the headline 'Yang to take it one shot at a time'. Print Edition | Subscribe