Ariya Jutanugarn Leads 2013 Honda LPGA Thailand After 3rd Round

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

“Not only my family, but also the entire country has hopes for me. But after I heard their hands clap, it became an inspiration.” – Ariya Jutanugarn

In the lead-up to the 2013 Honda LPGA Thailand, I wrote a blog post about what storylines I would be watching. While I was anxious to see how the Jutanugarn sisters would perform, I did not forsee Ariya with a 3 shot lead going into the final round. Certainly, that didn’t seem likely after 2012 LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis opened the 1st round with a blistering 9-under 63, followed by a 3-under 69. At 12-under midway thru Stacy looked like she would run away with the tournament. But Saturday was moving day and Ariya moved on up while a 4-over 76 had Stacy dropping out of the lead. The younger of the two Jutanugarn sisters had 2-under 70 which left her at 11-under overall, 3 shots ahead of Lewis, Beatriz Recari and Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak at 8-under. It could have been an even bigger lead had Ariya not bogeyed the final 2 holes. She opened her round with a birdie on the 1st hole, but then played even par over the next 7 holes. But on hole 9 she played a stretch all the way to the end where she had no pars. After a double bogey on 9, she had 5 straight birdies on 10 thru 14, bogeyed 15 while birdying 16 before finishing with 2 bogeys. The question is will nerves and erratic play plague Ariya in the final round or will she play like she did in the first 2 rounds where she had 10 birdies against only 1 bogey. There is a lot of pressure on her playing in front of her home crowd. Look at how a great player like Lydia Ko stumbled in the final round in the Australian Women’s Open. Lydia’s a Kiwi, but you’d have to think there was a ton of crowd support in Canberra. But with all that support comes pressure to perform. These players are supremely talented, but still young. Even veteran players can feel the pressure of trying to finish a tournament for a win. Hopefully, Ariya will handle the final round anxiety well. I am sure the entire country will be behind the 2011 and 2012 Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

Putting practice before round

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ARIYA JUTANUGARN

Lydia Ko, Ariya, Moriya Jutanugarn at pre-tournament reception

BEATRIZ RECARI

with Se Ri Pak

LEXI THOMPSON

SE RI PAK

SUZANN PETTERSEN

SO YEON RYU

STACY LEWIS

SANDRA GAL

JESSICA KORDA

YANI TSENG

MEENA LEE

CHELLA CHOI

HEE KYUNG SEO

INBEE PARK

SUN YOUNG YOO

STACY PRAMMANASUDH

JENNY SHIN

MICHELLE WIE

MORGAN PRESSEL

NATALIE GULBIS

LIZETTE SALAS

JENNIFER JOHNSON

PAULA CREAMER

CRISTIE KERR

PORNANONG PHATLUM

SUPPAMAS SANGHAM

NUMA GULYANAMITTA

JULI INKSTER

GIULIA SERGAS

CATRIONA MATTHEW

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Ariya Jutanugarn 69 66 70 11:45 pm -2 F -11 205
T2 Se Ri Pak 69 68 71 11:45 pm -1 F -8 208
T2 Beatriz Recari 68 68 72 11:45 pm E F -8 208
T2 Stacy Lewis 63 69 76 11:35 pm +4 F -8 208
5 Inbee Park 67 71 71 11:35 pm -1 F -7 209
T6 Lizette Salas 68 69 73 11:35 pm +1 F -6 210
T6 So Yeon Ryu 68 68 74 11:25 pm +2 F -6 210
T8 Na Yeon Choi 73 71 67 11:25 pm -5 F -5 211
T8 Shanshan Feng 71 72 68 11:25 pm -4 F -5 211
T8 Gerina Piller 67 74 70 11:15 pm -2 F -5 211
T11 Amy Yang 67 75 70 11:15 pm -2 F -4 212
T11 Catriona Matthew 67 69 76 11:15 pm +4 F -4 212
T13 Jiyai Shin 70 73 70 10:55 pm -2 F -3 213
T13 Angela Stanford 69 73 71 10:45 pm -1 F -3 213
T13 M.J. Hur 69 73 71 10:55 pm -1 F -3 213
T13 Nicole Castrale 74 68 71 10:55 pm -1 F -3 213
T13 Lexi Thompson 71 70 72 10:45 pm E F -3 213
T13 Ayako Uehara 70 71 72 10:45 pm E F -3 213
T19 Eun-Hee Ji 70 72 72 10:35 pm E F -2 214
T19 I.K. Kim 70 72 72 10:35 pm E F -2 214
T19 Lydia Ko 69 71 74 10:25 pm +2 F -2 214
T19 Ai Miyazato 69 71 74 10:25 pm +2 F -2 214
T19 Jessica Korda 73 67 74 10:35 pm +2 F -2 214
T24 Paula Creamer 76 71 68 10:25 pm -4 F -1 215
T24 Hee-Won Han 72 72 71 10:15 pm -1 F -1 215
T24 Brittany Lincicome 73 71 71 10:15 pm -1 F -1 215
T24 Yani Tseng 75 68 72 10:15 pm E F -1 215
T24 Suzann Pettersen 71 70 74 10:05 pm +2 F -1 215
T29 Cindy LaCrosse 72 73 71 10:05 pm -1 F E 216
T29 Michelle Wie 74 71 71 10:05 pm -1 F E 216
T29 Caroline Hedwall 69 75 72 9:55 pm E F E 216
T29 Brittany Lang 70 73 73 9:55 pm +1 F E 216
T29 Azahara Munoz 70 73 73 9:55 pm +1 F E 216
T34 Danielle Kang 76 70 71 9:45 pm -1 F +1 217
T34 Pornanong Phatlum 73 72 72 9:45 pm E F +1 217
T34 Mika Miyazato 69 72 76 9:45 pm +4 F +1 217
T34 Karrie Webb 69 71 77 9:25 pm +5 F +1 217
T38 Katie Futcher 74 72 72 9:25 pm E F +2 218
T38 Momoko Ueda 75 70 73 9:25 pm +1 F +2 218
T40 Hee Kyung Seo 73 76 70 9:15 pm -2 F +3 219
T40 Chella Choi 76 72 71 9:15 pm -1 F +3 219
T40 Stacy Prammanasudh 73 72 74 9:15 pm +2 F +3 219
T40 Julieta Granada 72 72 75 9:05 pm +3 F +3 219
T40 Karine Icher 66 77 76 8:55 pm +4 F +3 219
T40 Hee Young Park 75 69 75 9:05 pm +3 F +3 219
T40 Sandra Gal 71 72 76 9:05 pm +4 F +3 219
47 Mina Harigae 74 76 70 8:55 pm -2 F +4 220
T48 Jennifer Johnson 74 73 74 8:45 pm +2 F +5 221
T48 Suppamas Sangchan 73 74 74 8:45 pm +2 F +5 221
T48 Jodi Ewart 77 70 74 8:55 pm +2 F +5 221
T48 Ilhee Lee 69 73 79 8:45 pm +7 F +5 221
T52 Karin Sjodin 73 76 73 8:35 pm +1 F +6 222
T52 Jenny Shin 76 72 74 8:35 pm +2 F +6 222
T52 Cristie Kerr 71 72 79 8:35 pm +7 F +6 222
T55 Sun Young Yoo 74 74 75 8:25 pm +3 F +7 223
T55 Meena Lee 73 74 76 8:25 pm +4 F +7 223
T57 Haeji Kang 73 78 73 8:25 pm +1 F +8 224
T57 Juli Inkster 77 72 75 8:15 pm +3 F +8 224
T57 Shinobu Moromizato 71 74 79 8:15 pm +7 F +8 224
60 Katherine Hull-Kirk 78 72 75 8:15 pm +3 F +9 225
T61 Anna Nordqvist 76 74 76 8:05 pm +4 F +10 226
T61 Moriya Jutanugarn 71 75 80 8:05 pm +8 F +10 226
63 Natalie Gulbis 75 73 79 8:05 pm +7 F +11 227
T64 Vicky Hurst 79 74 75 7:55 pm +3 F +12 228
T64 Morgan Pressel 75 75 78 7:55 pm +6 F +12 228
T64 Giulia Sergas 78 70 80 7:55 pm +8 F +12 228
T67 Candie Kung 73 78 78 7:45 pm +6 F +13 229
T67 Numa Gulyanamitta 72 76 81 7:45 pm +9 F +13 229
69 Mamiko Higa 80 75 75 7:35 pm +3 F +14 230
70 Cheyenne Woods 76 80 76 7:35 pm +4 F +16 232
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