ANA Inspiration R1

Patty Tavatanakit takes lead in California

ANA Inspiration 2021 R1
April 01-04
Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Rancho Mirage, California
$3,100,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

ANA Inspiration 2021 R1 - Patty Tavatanakit takes lead in California
Credit: 2021 ANA Inspiration, Gabe Roux

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Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit heads a star-studded leader board on the opening day of the 2021 ANA Inspiration after a stunning bogey free six under par 66.


ANA Inspiration 2021 R1

Tavatanakit turned pro shortly after finishing 26th in the 2019 ANA Inspiration, winning three times on the Symetra Tour that year. Showing a patience that belied her 21 years when asked when she was going to win on the LPGA Tour she commented, “It’s just basically still my rookie year, so there is a lot to learn. Everyone is good out here, so you have to show a lot of respect to the players, too.  I still have to hit good shots. I still have to play smart. Can never get ahead of myself out there, because literally anyone could shoot low numbers and sneak up there really quickly.”


ANA Inspiration 2021 R1

A beneficiary of two ANA Inspiration amateur invites before turning professional, Tavantanakit explained, “Well, this is my fourth time here. It helped playing the course at a really young age, seeing it differently. I feel like I’m hitting it the furthest I’m hitting. I can never reach the green on 9 for the three times I played here and I was able to do it today. I was telling my caddie, Man, I’ve got a little bit of a different game here. I’m hitting it a little further, and if anything a little straighter. My course strategy was better just because I know the course a little better, too.”


ANA Inspiration 2021 R1

One of the greatest characters on the LPGA, Shanshan Feng returned to the LPGA for the first time this week since November 2019. Without a hint of rust, she fired an opening 67 and sharing second place with Ireland’s Leona McGuire. A blemish free round saw China’s Olympic bronze medallist smiling even more broadly than normal, enthusing “I would say that I’m mentally very fresh because this is my first tournament in, I don’t know, 13, 14 months I guess. So I am mentally very fresh and I feel like my body is maybe back to like 25. Not quite 18, but back to maybe like 25, so able to get through the 18. I’m feeling good, yeah.”


ANA Inspiration 2021 R1

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Ireland’s Leona McGuire, who finished top 20 at last year’s September event after an impressive final two rounds of 68 and 69, continued where she left off matching Feng’s 67 is tied in second place. Another player who credits their past amateur experience at the ANA Inspiration, she said, “I came here for the first time as an amateur when I was still in college, and it’s just a fun place to be. Great golf course. It’s a really good test. You got to drive the ball well. Hit your irons in the right places. And then there is lots of slopes and subtleties to the greens. They’re rolling really well, so you have to stroke it on a good line. I’ve been playing well the last few weeks. Got off to a really nice start this season, and trying to build on that momentum. It’s nice to come back to a course that I’ve been to before and I did well on last year.

Another player returning to the Tour after a long break was new mom, Michelle Wie, playing her second event in almost two years who impressed with a 2 under 70 in only her second week back playing.



ANA Inspiration 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Patty Tavatanakit
-6
66
T2
Shanshan Feng *
-5
67
T2
Leona Maguire
-5
67
T4
Moriya Jutanugarn *
-4
68
T4
Ariya Jutanugarn
-4
68
T4
Megan Khang *
-4
68
T4
Anna Nordqvist
-4
68
T8
Georgia Hall
-3
69
T8
Charley Hull
-3
69
T8
Jin Young Ko
-3
69
T8
Jessica Korda
-3
69
T8
Jennifer Kupcho
-3
69
T8
Bronte Law
-3
69
T8
Mirim Lee
-3
69
T8
Yuka Saso *
-3
69
T16
Carlota Ciganda *
-2
70
T16
Dani Holmqvist *
-2
70
T16
Sarah Kemp
-2
70
T16
Christina Kim
-2
70
T16
Cheyenne Knight
-2
70
T16
Lydia Ko *
-2
70
T16
Azahara Munoz *
-2
70
T16
Inbee Park
-2
70
T16
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
70
T16
Gerina Piller
-2
70
T16
Sophia Popov
-2
70
T16
Lexi Thompson *
-2
70
T16
Michelle Wie West *
-2
70
T16
Amy Yang
-2
70
T30
Pajaree Anannarukarn *
-1
71
T30
Nicole Broch Larsen
-1
71
T30
Ally Ewing *
-1
71
T30
Jaye Marie Green
-1
71
T30
Hannah Green *
-1
71
T30
Mi Jung Hur
-1
71
T30
Yui Kawamoto *
-1
71
T30
Nelly Korda *
-1
71
T30
Jeongeun Lee6 *
-1
71
T30
Yu Liu
-1
71
T30
Stephanie Meadow
-1
71
T30
Ryann O’Toole *
-1
71
T30
Sung Hyun Park
-1
71
T30
Mel Reid *
-1
71
T30
Madelene Sagstrom *
-1
71
T30
Sarah Schmelzel *
-1
71
T30
Jenny Shin *
-1
71
T30
Lauren Stephenson *
-1
71
T30
Kelly Tan *
-1
71
T49
Perrine Delacour *
E
72
T49
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
E
72
T49
Kristen Gillman *
E
72
T49
Caroline Inglis
E
72
T49
Eun-Hee Ji *
E
72
T49
Danielle Kang
E
72
T49
Cristie Kerr *
E
72
T49
Hyo Joo Kim *
E
72
T49
Sei Young Kim
E
72
T49
Nanna Koerstz Madsen *
E
72
T49
Brittany Lang
E
72
T49
Minjee Lee *
E
72
T49
Xiyu Lin *
E
72
T49
Pernilla Lindberg
E
72
T49
Gabriela Ruffels (a) *
E
72
T49
So Yeon Ryu *
E
72
T49
Alena Sharp
E
72
T49
Hinako Shibuno *
E
72
T49
Jennifer Song
E
72
T49
Angela Stanford *
E
72
T49
Angel Yin
E
72
T70
Aditi Ashok *
1
73
T70
Ashleigh Buhai *
1
73
T70
In Gee Chun *
1
73
T70
Austin Ernst
1
73
T70
Katherine Kirk
1
73
T70
Aline Krauter (a) *
1
73
T70
Mi Hyang Lee *
1
73
T70
Brittany Lincicome *
1
73
T70
Gaby Lopez
1
73
T70
Caroline Masson
1
73
T70
Amy Olson
1
73
T70
Hee Young Park *
1
73
T70
Maria Torres *
1
73
T70
Ayako Uehara
1
73
T70
Jing Yan *
1
73
T85
Marina Alex *
2
74
T85
Chella Choi
2
74
T85
Cydney Clanton
2
74
T85
Maria Fassi *
2
74
T85
Haru Nomura
2
74
T85
Su Oh
2
74
T85
Robynn Ree *
2
74
T85
Lizette Salas
2
74
T93
Brittany Altomare *
3
75
T93
Celine Boutier *
3
75
T93
Jennifer Chang *
3
75
T93
Nasa Hataoka
3
75
T93
Brooke M. Henderson *
3
75
T93
Tiffany Joh *
3
75
T93
Bianca Pagdanganan
3
75
T93
Linnea Strom
3
75
T93
Jasmine Suwannapura
3
75
T93
Lindsey Weaver
3
75
T103
In Kyung Kim *
4
76
T103
Andrea Lee
4
76
T103
Stacy Lewis
4
76
T103
A Lim Kim
4
76
T103
Yealimi Noh
4
76
T103
Emily Kristine Pedersen
4
76
T103
Marissa Steen *
4
76
T103
Emma Talley
4
76
T111
Jenny Coleman
5
77
T111
Annie Park *
5
77
T111
Morgan Pressel *
5
77
T111
Yani Tseng *
5
77
T111
Albane Valenzuela
5
77
T116
Erika Hara
6
78
T116
Mina Harigae *
6
78
T116
Wei-Ling Hsu
6
78
T116
Jane Park *
6
78
* Player started on the back nine
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