MIDLAND, Mich. Defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura played a shackle-free 5-under-65 in an alternate shot on Friday to take part of the lead in the final round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational .
Pajaree Anannarukarn en Aditi Ashok with 67 and Clanton and Suwannapura at 15 under 195 at Windy Country Club. The teams close Saturday with a best ball.
“Because today was just as windy, it was not easy at all for today,” said Suwannapura, from Thailand. “I’m glad Cyd and I are very patient.”
She made birdie set shots on the final two holes.
“We played well, and I think today we stayed very patient because we didn’t have a very nice appearance until the end, and then Jasmine made some couplets at 17 and 18,” Clanton said. “And so we stayed very patient again, so I think that was another good key today.”
Suwannapura and Clanton won the first event by six strokes in 2019. The tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You play to be in battle, you play to be in the last group,” Clanton said. ‘You take some of the memories of 2019 and the good ones and try to use them, but it’s really about tomorrow trying to play every hole at once and trying to get as many opportunities as possible, which is easier said than done, just because there is history. ‘
Suwannapura and Clanton had their third consecutive 65, which held an alternate hold on Wednesday and played the best ball on Thursday.
Anannarukarn, from Thailand, and Aditi Ashok, from India, are unbeaten on the LPGA Tour.
“Since we’ve known each other for quite a few years, since junior golf, I think that’s definitely why I wanted to connect with her,” said Anannarukarn. ‘We can enjoy each other so much, support each other.
European Solheim Cup players Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid was 14 down to a 66.
Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn, the Thai sisters who played a 59 in the best ball on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead, had a 71 to drop a fourth-place tie at 13-under. with Lim Kim and Yealimi Noh (66) and Mi. Jung Hur and Jeongeun Lee6 (68).
Nelly en Jessica Korda, who was tied for the preliminary round in the first round after a 65, was 10 down to a 66. Nelly Korda started her first start since winning the Meijer LPGA Classic and the KPMG Women’s PGA in consecutive weeks to win the no. 1 in the world. The sisters will represent the USA in the Olympic Games.
The Evian Championship, the fourth major of the year, is in France next week.