Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, aspires to achieve her Three-Peat, winning three consecutive LPGA tiles, here at the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club.
Ariya shot a topsy-turvy third round of +1 over par 73, which included an Eagle, at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Very different conditions today, with wind and firm, fast greens. She held onto top placing with a -10 under par tournament total.
There were only three players who started the day in the top ten at Travis Pointe Country Club that were under par on Saturday.
Ariya summed it all up;
“To me it’s very hard today, because very windy, and the green is very, very firm today.”
Jessica Korda, -2 under 70 today, and Christina Kim even par 72, share second spot at -9 under par.
Jessica was also perplexed by the wind, just trying to make par;
“I just kept telling myself that pars were good, you know?”
“It is frustrating because you hit some great shots and they don’t end up where you think that they should, or like yesterday, they would end up right next to the hole and today it would be, you know, 20 feet away from the hole.”
“So it was kind of just a little staying patient out there, and just making pars.”
Christina had the same thoughts, but was also complementary about the course;
“You know, I think any; it’s the wind, you know, this south/southwest wind.”
“It’s angled perfectly where there’s a lot of into, off the left, or downwind off the left, you know, as opposed to just dead into or straight from nine o’clock or three o’clock, and I think that, you know, it just really brings up a lot of the great characteristics of this golf course.”
Hyo Joo Kim and Suzann Pettersen are tied in fourth position at -7 under par, both ladies carded -2 under par 70 for the third round.
World number one Lydia Ko seems unable to get any thing going here, which is strange because back in New Zealand the wind is a constant factor, she is currently T25 at -2 under par for the tournament.