Professional / LPGA Tour

Chasing third straight LPGA victory, Ariya Jutanugarn takes lead at Volvik Championship

Ariya Jutanugarn, pictured during the second round of the 2016 Volvik Championship
Ariya Jutanugarn, pictured during the second round of the 2016 Volvik Championship (Getty Images)

Hat trick?

Ariya Jutanugarn shot 4-under 68 Friday to take a two-shot lead at the Volvik Championship as she chases a third straight victory on the LPGA.

The 20-year-old Jutanugarn is coming off a win at the Kingsmill Championship after becoming the first Thai winner in tour history at the previous tournament in Alabama. However, she’s not overly concerned with the three-peat.

“I’m not thinking about I’m going to win, I’m going to lose,” she said. “But just have fun.”

Second-ranked Inbee Park, who withdrew Thursday with a thumb injury, was the last LPGA Tour player to win three straight tournaments, in 2013.

Jutanugarn had four back-nine birdies, including at No. 18 when her approach went off a hospitality suite and landed in a greenside bunker 20 yards from the hole. She got up and down for par at the par 5.

So Yeon Ryu (67), Marina Alex (67) and first-round leader Christina Kim (71) were tied for second. Jessica Korda (65), Giulia Molinaro (67) and Brittany Lincicome (67) were 7 under.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko was 2 under after her second straight 71.

– Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

 

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