Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, has two shot lead in the Ricoh Women’s British Open after 54 holes at Woburn Golf Club in England.
Ariya posted a third round -6 under par 66 to pull away from the field in the Ricoh Women’s British Open with a -16 under par tournament total.
Ariya has successfully managed her hold nerve when previously holding the 54-hole lead in each of her three victories during the month of May, and feels she can cope with the pressure;
“I think I know how to play under pressure.”
“I know like what I have to focus and the only thing I have to is like focus on what is under my control.”
In second place at -14 under par is the first and second round leader Mirim Lee, who stumbled a bit in the third round Saturday carding -3 under 69;
“Everything was okay, just okay, not perfect, just okay.”
The 2014 Ricoh Women’s Open champion Mo Martin is in third place and ready to make a challenge at -11 under par for the tournament, a -3 under 69 third round giving her some hope that she can win again.
Catriona Matthew holds fourth place at -10 under, a -1 under 71 on Saturday denting her hopes of a chance to make history by becoming the oldest Major champion in LPGA history.
Catriona was paired with Ariya for the round and had plenty to say about her younger rival, even using her Nickname of May;
“Obviously if May keeps playing like she keeps playing, she’s going to be tough to catch but go out tomorrow and try to make as many birdies as I can,”
“Obviously playing with her, she was playing really well today and taking advantage of the good shots she was playing.”
“You do feel maybe a little bit, maybe I tried just a bit too hard on some of the putts to keep up with her.”