MIDLAND, Michigan (AP) – Defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura shot a bogey-free 5 under 65 in Alternate Shot on Friday to take part of the lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational finals.
Pajaree Anannarukarn and Aditi Ashok had a bogey-free 67 to match Clanton and Suwannapura at 15 under 195 at the windy Midland Country Club. The teams close Saturday with a best ball round.
“Because it was just so windy today, it wasn’t that easy for today,” said Suwannapura from Thailand. “I’m glad I and Cyd are very patient.”
She made birdie putts on the last two holes.
“We played well and I think we were very patient today because we weren’t looking good until the end and then Jasmine did some clutch putts at 17 and 18,” said Clanton. “And so we stayed very patient again. I think that was another good key today.”
Suwannapura and Clanton won the 2019 opening event by six strokes. The tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You play to be in competition, you play to be in the final group,” said Clanton. “You take some of the memories from 2019 and the good ones and try to use them, but tomorrow is really about playing every hole at once and trying to have as many options as possible, which is easier said than done. just because there is history. “
Suwannapura and Clanton had their third 65 in a row, playing an alternate stroke on Wednesday and the best ball on Thursday.
Anannarukarn from Thailand and Aditi Ashok from India are without a win on the LPGA tour.
“Since we’ve known each other for a number of years, since junior golf, I think that was definitely why I wanted to go with her,” said Anannarukarn. “We can somehow have fun out there, support one another.
European Solheim Cup players Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid were 14 under after a 66.
Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn, the Thai sisters who shot a 59 in best ball game on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead, had a 71 to go under at 13 with Lim Kim and Yealimi Noh (66) and Wed. to reach fourth place Jung Hur and Jeongeun Lee6 (68).
Nelly and Jessica Korda, who were tied for the lead in the first round after a 65, were 10 under after a 66. Nelly Korda is making her first start since winning the Meijer LPGA Classic and the KPMG Women’s PGA in consecutive weeks to become the # 1 spot in the world. The sisters will represent the United States at the Olympics.
The Evian Championship, the fourth major of the year, will take place in France next week.