Los Angeles (AFP)
Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn shot their second 11-under-59 in best ball game to win the LPGA Great Lakes Bay Invitational, taking a three-stroke victory on Saturday over defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura.
Ariya, 25, and Moriya, 26, finished at 24 under 256 on the windy golf course at Midland Country Club in Michigan.
In the first round, they shot a 67 in the alternate shot format, then shot a 59 on Thursday in the best ball and allowed a 71 in alternate shot on Friday to enter the two-shot final round behind American Clanton and Thailand’s Suwannapura, who finished Saturday with a 64.
Clanton and Suwannapura won the inaugural event in 2019 by six strokes. The tournament was canceled last year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
South Korean Kim A-lim and American Yealimi Noh (64) and Thailand’s Pajaree Anannarukarn and Indian Aditi Ashok (66) are tied for third at 261.
Defending US Open women’s champion Yuka Saso of the Philippines and Minjee Lee of Australia were fifth out of 262 after a final 62.
Nelly and Jessica Korda shot a 67 to tie for 17th at 13 under. World number one Nelly Korda is making her first start since winning the Meijer Classic and Women’s PGA for consecutive weeks. The sisters will compete in the Olympics for the US team.
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