RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Patty Tavatanakit opened a five-stroke lead on one other scorching and windy afternoon on the ANA Inspiration, all however crushing her challengers’ hopes with a placing mixture of energy and contact.
A stroke forward after every of the primary two rounds at Mission Hills, the 21-year-old Thai participant shot a 5-under 67 in 100-degree warmth Saturday to succeed in 14-under 202 within the first main championship of the yr.
Tavatanakit matched the match 54-hole report set by Pernilla Lindberg in her 2018 victory. Dottie Pepper set the general mark of 19 underneath in 1999.
Defending champion Mirim Lee and Ally Ewing have been second at 9 underneath within the occasion being performed with out spectators for the second time in seven months.
Tavatanakit crushed drives — hitting a 337-yarder on the par-5 eleventh — and was equally as efficient on and across the greens. The previous UCLA star birdied the primary three holes, holing a 20-footer on the par-4 third. She holed a 12-footer for birdie on the par-5 ninth after hitting her second right into a greenside bunker, and made a 15-footer on 11 to open a five-stroke lead.
After a collection of par saves, she could not get a 4-footer to drop on the par-4 twelfth. She rebounded with a wedge to 4 ft for a birdie on the par-4 thirteenth, and made an 8-footer on the par-4 fifteenth.
Tavatanakit bogeyed the par-3 seventeenth, failing to get up-and-down from a troublesome lie in a greenside bunker. She escaped the par-5 18th with a par after her third shot spun off the entrance of the inexperienced to the sting of the water.
The tour rookie is making an attempt to develop into the sixth straight worldwide winner within the match celebrating its fiftieth version. She received seven occasions in two seasons at UCLA and had three victories on the Symetra Tour in 2019.
Lee shot a 68, carrying a facemask whereas she performed. The South Korean participant received the postponed occasion in September for her first main title.
Ewing had a bogey-free 66. The American received final yr at Reynolds Lake Oconee for her first tour title, taking part in then underneath her maiden identify of McDonald.
Shanshan Feng, a stroke behind taking part in associate Tavatanakit getting into the spherical, was 8 underneath after a 72. The Chinese language star is making her first begin after sitting out 16 months due to the coronavirus pandemic and a visa delay.
Inbee Park and Charley Hull have been 7 underneath.
Park shot a 70. The 2013 winner at Mission Hills, she received final week in her first begin of the yr.
Hull had a triple bogey on No. 3 and a closing bogey in a 71.
People Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Jessica Korda have been undone by huge numbers.
Lewis performed the primary 13 holes in 8 underneath, then made a triple bogey on 14 in a 67 that left her 4 underneath.
Korda was the primary participant on and off the course, teeing off by herself at 7:55 a.m. and ending a 68 in 2 hours, 52 minutes. She closed with a double bogey to fall to three underneath after laying up right into a divot and hitting her third shot into the water.
Thompson completed with a quadruple-bogey 9 for a 75 to fall to 1 over. The 2014 winner had a triple bogey on No. 3.