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Patty stretches her lead at Honda LPGA

Patty stretches her lead at Honda LPGA

GOLF: Rising Thai star Patty Tavatanakit finished with a three shot lead after the second round of The Honda LPGA Thailand 2021 tournament yesterday (May 7) after pulling away from fellow Thai Atthaya Thitikul on the final two holes to finish with an eight-under par 64.

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By Press Release

Saturday 8 May 2021, 08:37AM


Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand weighs up a putt. Photo: Honda LPGA Thailand

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand weighs up a putt. Photo: Honda LPGA Thailand

Patty finished with a bogey-free round that included six birdies and she topped it off with an eagle on the 18th to be in contention to be the first Thai player to win the tournament.

“I’m happy with the result,” Patty said after her blistering round. “I didn’t play well early and I need to improve some things, but I’m happy with the result,” she told the Thai media.

Conditions were hot and steamy at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course and Patty was seen using a small hand-held fan to cool down during her round. But while she may have felt the heat, her game was red hot and she rarely strayed off the fairways and kept her cool while putting.

Atthaya was neck and neck with Patty until the final two holes and finished her round three strokes back with a 67 for an overall total of 13-under-par. The 18-year-old showed remarkable composure during her round and played very few loose shots.

Atthaya had four birdies and one eagle in her second round, but a bogey on the 17th cost her a share of the lead going into the final hole, which her rival eagled.

“I didn’t start the day well, but came back and kept the momentum going,” said Atthaya.

“After the 6th hole, I started to get good results. The short game is important in this tournament, so tomorrow I will try to make better putts. Today it’s been a hot day again in Thailand, but I hit the ball really well. You have to be patient and stay hydrated out there. I think I hit the ball pretty good. I tried to give myself a lot of chances to make birdie. I think on the back nine I had a lot of chances to make birdie, but I made some on some holes and missed some on others.”

One shot back in third place with an overall score of 12-under was Germany’s Caroline Masson.

Three players were tied in third position after carding 11-under rounds - Mexico’s Gaby Lopez, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen.

Three time winner and defending champion Amy Yang of South Korea finished her second round with a seven-under par 65 to be tied in seventh place with fellow South Korean Hee Young Park and was happy to make up ground on the leaders after her disappointing first round 69.

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“Today I could focus on my swing better on the back nine. My putting is getting better,” Yang said after her second round. “I tried to keep a lot of things simple. I was hitting the ball really solid. I’m feeling really good about my game right now.”

Like leader Patty, fourth-placed Lopez had a blistering second round of 64 – the two players carded the lowest rounds of the day – with both players finishing the second round at eight-under par. Lopez said aggression was the key to her low score.

“I told my caddie, ‘hey, there’s a birdie in every single hole out there’. So we just have to be aggressive, and the greens are pretty soft. I got a good round in,” she said. “I love Asia, I love competing here. I think mentally I’m in a more peaceful world.”

Former world number one Ariya Jutanugarn finished tied in 7th place after a round of three-under to be -10 overall, but a bogey on the difficult 18th pushed her down the ladder from the equal 4th place she’s been before when she finished the 17th.

Ariya’s round of 69 included three birdies, four strokes more than her first round.

Ariya’s sister Moriya finished with a 70 – the same score as her first round – and finished down the leaderboard tied in 28th place.

The Honda LPGA Thailand 2021 gathers 72 top female golf pros from around the world, competing for a prize purse valued at US $1.6 million (B50mn), and Honda Accord Hybrid, HYBRID TECH variant valued at B1,799,000 for hole in one prize. The tournament held at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, from 6-9 May 2021.

This year the tournament is being staged behind closed doors with no tickets sold and with no spectators allowed. The event is taking place with full adherence to internationally recognized COVID-19 protocols and in compliance with strict standard operating procedures, set out by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), and Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) with the support and guidance of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and the Sports Authority of Thailand.

For more and updated information about Honda LPGA Thailand 2021, please visit www.hondalpgathailand.com and www.facebook.com/lpgaThailand. During 4 days of competition from 6-9 May, 2021, the tournament will be broadcast live via PPTV HD 36 Channel or www.pptvhd36.com or PPTVHD36 Application.

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