Ariya Jutanugarn wins in Canada for 5th LPGA Tour title

Aug 29, 2016, 02:26

Ireland's Stephanie Meadow is mixing it with the big names on the LPGA Tour at the halfway mark of the Canadian Women's Open.

"After I won my first tournament, I kind of know how I play under pressure", said Jutanugarn, who has signed for scores of 68-64-67 at Priddis Greens and doesn't seem bothered by the left-knee injury that forced her to withdraw during the third round in Rio.

Lee, Sharp, Leblanc and Brooke Henderson - who sits at four under par after a second-round 68 that included a double-bogey on her penultimate hole - have their work cut out for them considering the aforementioned duo on top.

"Sometimes I feel more confident with my irons, so I feel like this one I've got to make sure it's in the fairway, so it's good enough", said Jutanugarn, who is now No. 2 in the Rolex women's world golf rankings behind New Zealand's Lydia Ko and just ahead of Brooke Henderson from Smiths Falls, Ont. The 18-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario, beat Ko in a playoff in June in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her first major title, and successfully defended her Cambia Portland Classic title in early July.

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"It's nice to have the hometown crowd behind you", Sharp said. Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn hits from a sand trap on the first hole during the third round of the LPGA Canadian Open golf tournament in Priddis, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Calgary-raised amateur Jaclyn Lee is 5-under, while superstar-in-the-making and gallery-magnet Brooke Henderson - the beloved blonde from Smiths Falls, Ont., is already a three-time victor on the LPGA Tour - has shaved four strokes off par.

Though he ran up his only bogey of the day at the par-four 13th, the 43-year-old rebounded with a birdie at the 14th before parring his last four holes to remain three strokes clear.

Three-time champion Ko carded a two-under par 70 in her third round, to be in a packed tie for 10th at 10-under par. "But right now, I feel more confident because I can hit my irons in the fairway and my three-wood in the fairway".

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The 24-year-old shot a three-under 69 in round three and is level with South Korea's Sei Young Kim.

"I feel like I'm okay".

"I just had to rest and take care of my knee", Jutanugarn said. Henderson is tied for 21st after a second consecutive 68 following an opening 72. I played well last week.

"I feel like I am okay".

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With nine top-10 finishes this year, she is now second behind Ko in the Rolex World Rankings and second on the money list with earnings of US$1.7 million this year. "Hopefully I'll get a little bit deeper under par tomorrow and see what happens".

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