Patty Tavatanakit scored -9 after 36 holes, leading the team to win the ANA Inspiration championship – the first major event of the year of the golf world.

With a prize fund of 3.1 million USD, the LPGA Tour event started on April 1, at the Dinah Shore par72 course of the Mission Hill golf complex in California.

On the opening day, Tavatanakit hit 66 sticks without bogey and monopolized the top of the table. At that time, the 21-year-old player who reached 291 yards in the two holes selected by the LPGA Tour recorded his average tackling score, hit eight of the 14 fairways, went on a standard GIR (GIR) at 17 holes and used 32 putt. .

Yesterday, Tavatanakit averaged 339 yards with the same accuracy as the previous round, the GIR 14 holes and less than three putts. With that technical performance, she maintained her top spot with 69 strokes with a scorecard consisting of an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys, with the eagle score from a direct hit, 115 yards from hole 15, par4.

Tavatanakit was surprised by repeatedly holding the top of the board through the first two rounds of major ANA Inspiration.  Photo: The Desert Sun

Tavatanakit was surprised by repeatedly holding the top of the board through the first two rounds of major ANA Inspiration. Image: The Desert Sun

One stick from Tavatanakit is Shanshan Feng – the Chinese player who owns the major Women’s PGA Championship 2012 in 10 LPGA Tour championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic individual bronze medal. Meanwhile, fellow Thai Moriya Jutanugarn is third in points – 7.

There were eight players behind Jutanugarn, in which only Charley Hull in T4 (-6) had not won major and T6 (-5) had three Korean golfers, including defending champion Lee Mirim, world number one Ko Jin Young.

Tavatanakit graduated from California State University, the Los Angeles campus and in the school’s golf selection. In 2019, she attended the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic by sponsorship and scored a record 18 holes in the tournament – 61 strokes.

From the second arena of Symetra Tour, she went to LPGA Tour 2020. Covid-19 caused the season to lose many tournaments, so the host organization preserved the rookie appearance this season.

New, but Tavatanakit soon caught the attention of the accomplished LPGA Tour member. On the third round of Dinah Shore’s field on March 30, Tavatanakit hit with the group Ko Jin Young, from hole 10, par4.

After the social part, Ko played first with a hybrid stick in the middle of the fairway. Once done, the top Rolex Rankings golfer was surprised to see Patty sipping his driver stick, then tackling a high ball, past a bunker 250 yards away. Not looking at his own caddies without rolling eyes.

On the first day of ANA Inspiration, Tavatanakit only two strokes to the green – “2 on” in all four par5 holes on the field, of which three times using a long iron and one wooden number 3. At hole 18, she does not mind using a club Iron No. 6 to go up an oasis green despite the ball in the rough turf 175 yards from the target. After the second swing, she latched the birdie, 3.3 meters away.

Last year, hole 18 had the sponsor logo wall claiming the back of the green. It accidentally became a water-trap shield, helping many bold “2 on” players, including Lee Mirim to take advantage of this factor to score an eagle with a direct chip of nearly 20 meters, then won the birdie championship by 1, 5 meters.

“I’m still a rookie so I have to learn a lot. The LPGA Tour is full of good players, so it’s important to be careful and respectful of everyone. And it’s not like playing well every day and every week is good. Asked repeatedly to become strong and then the day of victory will come, not necessarily this week “, Tavatanakit expressed humility when he set the ceiling of 18 holes which no one passed after the second round.

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