FIFE, Scotland – After scouring the final two holes to hand 72 cards, Ariya Jutanugarn now shares the lead at the Scottish Open with Charlie Hull and Ryan O’Toole.
Leading by three strokes before starting the round, Jutanugarn netted five birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey on Saturday, battling winds reaching 45 km/h.
“Today I was thinking too much about the result and that’s why I didn’t play very well,” said Jutanugarn. Tomorrow I have to play like the first two rounds and not think too much about the result. “
The 25-year-old Thai had won the 2018 edition of the tournament, which was presented to Gulen. She has two victories this season at the Honda LPGA Thailand and the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, a team tournament she won with her sister Moria.
O’Toole had a 68 and Hull had a third straight round of 69, topping with Jutanugarn at minus-9.
“The air was hot so the ball went a little further,” Hull said. In the last six weeks since the conclusion of the US Open, I have felt confident. I feel really good. “
The 25-year-old English golfer’s win at the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship was his only career run on the LPGA Tour.
O’Toole hit an eagle on par-5 on the 15th hole. The 34-year-old American has no titles on the tour.
South Africa’s Ashley Buhai (67) and Thailand’s Athaya Thitikul (70) are just one header away.
Kelsey Macdonald (under-5) is leading the race for the five available places at the British Open, which will take place in Carnoustie next week. She is followed by Karoline Lampert (minus-4), Paula Reto (minus-2), Prima Thummarx (minus-2), Jing Yan (tied with equal) and Whitney Hillier (tied with equal).
No Canadian is participating in this tournament.
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