You rarely get a second chance to make a first impression. But Patty Tavatanakit, a 2020 rookie class member who got another chance at her young season, is doing just that. Last year has been tough for the former UCLA Bruin with seven missed cuts and just one top 10 result . But she completely flipped the script in 2021, scooping her first LPGA Tour win and first major title at the Chevron Championship in April, and scoring nine top 10 finishes so far this season. After the BMW Championship, Tavatanakit secured Louise Sugg’s Rolex Rookie of the Year award and defeated the Solheim Cup heroine Leona Maguire for the title.
At this week’s Pelican Women’s Championship, presented by Konica Minolta and Raymond James, the 22-year-old Thai continues to prove that she belongs and shot 64 in the third round to sit back after Saturday three.
“I started very well,” she said of her third-round performance. “Did a couple of putts. Take some good shots. Putts fell and just got my swing there. I’m pretty comfortable with my stroke and where I started. I’ve read it really well and it’s one of those weeks when you can just read the greens. “
On her way into Sunday at the Pelican Golf Club with even more outstanding golf on tap from the world’s best, Patty is prepared to make her presence felt once again and not be counted under at 13. While she has been thinking of lighter fare this week and is far more interested in making it to the end of the season than winning, you can be sure that Tavatanakit will be ready to strike if there is blood in the water, and this to her impressing Add campaign 2021. While she has surpassed all of her plans in a short amount of time, a win is a win and would add an exclamation mark to the Rookie of the Year honor.
“It’s just my first year. I got Rookie of the Year. I don’t want to put myself in stressful situations. I just want to go out and enjoy. It was light and I want to keep it light I don’t want to think about winning tomorrow because if it were mine it will be mine tomorrow when I can put putts, take good shots and take them out. If not, I’ll just go out there and just finish another round and I’ll be one step closer to the off-season. I’m a bit comfortable out here and not worrying about cutting back or making money. I know I have the potential to be out there and be great out here.
“But to be successful so quickly, I can’t even imagine that in a few years. It was great fun to have the opportunity to fight, just keep playing. “