Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shot a solid round of 5-under 65 on Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard through three rounds of play at the LPGA’s Canadian Open.
Despite bogeying two of her final three holes, Jutanugarn sits alone in first place at 17 under, two shots clear of South Korea’s In Gee Chun, who carded a round of 6-under 66 on the Raven course of the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.
Jutanugarn, a 20-year-old Bangkok native, is currently No. 2 in the women’s world golf rankings behind New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and just ahead of Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont.
Chun had three birdies on the front nine and three more on the back nine during her bogey-free round on the par-72, 6,622-yard Priddis Greens layout.
South Korea’s Sei Young Kim carded a round of 68 to pull into a tie for third at 12 under with Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, who shot 69.
Alena Sharp, of Hamilton, Ont., bounced back from bogeying the second hole with six birdies to shoot a solid round of 67. That pulled her into a five-way tie for fifth place with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist along with Ha Na Jang, Amy Yang and Chella Choi, all from South Korea.
Henderson shot her second straight round of 4-under 68 to move into a six-way tie for 21st spot at 8 under along with fellow Canadian Maude-Aimee Leblanc, of Sherbrook, Que.
Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee fell back into a tie for 47th spot at 4 under after shooting 1 over. Quebec City’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay shot 74 and is 1 over for the tournament heading into the final day on Sunday.Report Typo/Error