ANA Inspiration R2

Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit maintains one-shot lead

ANA Inspiration 2021 R2
April 01-04
Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Rancho Mirage, California
$3,100,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

ANA Inspiration 2021 R2 - Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit maintains one-shot lead
Credit: 2021 ANA Inspiration, Gabe Roux

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ANA Inspiration 2021 R2

Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit added a second round 69 to her first round 66 to stay atop the leader board, taking a one shot lead into the weekend of the 2021 ANA Inspiration. Despite only turning pro in 2019, this is her fourth time playing in the ANA Inspiration with the tournament’s tradition of inviting leading amateurs to play leaving her well prepared for this special 50th edition.


ANA Inspiration 2021 R2

“I had an opportunity to play here when I was 17, I think, and then got invited again when I was in college through Golf Week, Golf Stat, you know, UCLA ranking. Those rounds honestly gave me a lot of good experiences. And, you know, like you need those kind of rounds and you need those kind of struggles. I played three majors one year and that was really tough. So you learn from that, you know, like you have to act like a grown up on the golf course and you learn how to manage yourself out here.”

Looking ahead to the weekend, and sitting only one shot clear of a chasing pack which includes eight Major champions at five under or better, Tavatanakit’s plan is simple, “Just keep doing what I’m doing, focusing on what’s important, what I can control out there. There is going to be a lot of challenges on the weekend and I’m ready to face it. It’s not going to be easy. If I am going to win it it’s going to be tough.”


ANA Inspiration 2021 R2

Shanshan Feng, playing only her second competitive round, since November 2019, continued her good form with six birdies and is in solo second place. Refreshed from her break from the Tour she explained, “You know what? My plan was to come back and enjoy the whole time that I’m on the course, and now I have two more days that I can enjoy with my team, my boss, and also my playing partners in the group. So I’m very happy about that. Result-wise it doesn’t really matter because I’m very happy about what I’m doing as the first tournament coming back.”

In what  will be an exciting weekend for Thai golf, Moriya Jutanugarn lies in third place at 7 under, as she seeks to join her sister Ariya as a Major winner, she will look to remain in her own world out on the course, explaining, “Most of the time I only focus on like what I’m going to do or just trying to enjoy myself and entertaining myself out there. You know, like trying to have fun.”


ANA Inspiration 2021 R2

Charley Hull, who finished with a birdie for the second day running and a second 69, tied fourth at six under alongside Major champion Anna Nordqvist. Hull explains why playing at Rancho Mirage seems to bring out the best in her game, “I just really like it. I have great memories here. I first played in this event I think when I was 15 years old and my dad — as an amateur and my dad was here with me. I just really love it.  I just like it because it’s a quite tight golf course and the rough can be thick and the greens are firm. I feel like that suits my game because I hit the ball quite high and I’m able to stop it where others find it quite hard.”

Hull, who played with a heavily strapped ankle explained, “Beware the injured golfer they say. I literally went for a 5k run, fell over a pot hole and banged my chin. I was more embarrassed at the time. It didn’t really hurt. Carried on with my 5k, played 18 holes at the Kia, and wasn’t until after, until I sat down for an hour and I stood up and couldn’t walk on it. So I rang my friend Jason who used to work for me as a physio. He told me to ice it and I listened to him and it worked a lot, then the guys here have been strapping it up for me. Feels loads better now.”



Just one shot back in tied 6th lurks a formidable group of major winners on five under – Olympic gold medallist and seven-time Major winner, Inbee Park, two-time Major winners Lydia Ko and JinYoung Ko, 2018 and 2020 AIG Women’s Open winners, Georgia Hall and Sophia Popov and ANA Inspiration’s defending champion, Mirim Lee.

ANA Inspiration 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Patty Tavatanakit *
-9
66
69
135
2
Shanshan Feng
-8
67
69
136
3
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
68
69
137
T4
Charley Hull *
-6
69
69
138
T4
Anna Nordqvist *
-6
68
70
138
T6
Georgia Hall *
-5
69
70
139
T6
Lydia Ko
-5
70
69
139
T6
Jin Young Ko *
-5
69
70
139
T6
Mirim Lee *
-5
69
70
139
T6
Inbee Park *
-5
70
69
139
T6
Sophia Popov *
-5
70
69
139
T12
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-4
71
69
140
T12
Dani Holmqvist
-4
70
70
140
T12
Yui Kawamoto
-4
71
69
140
T12
Christina Kim *
-4
70
70
140
T12
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
72
68
140
T12
Gaby Lopez *
-4
73
67
140
T12
Leona Maguire *
-4
67
73
140
T12
Yuka Saso
-4
69
71
140
T20
Austin Ernst *
-3
73
68
141
T20
Ally Ewing
-3
71
70
141
T20
Megan Khang
-3
68
73
141
T20
Nelly Korda
-3
71
70
141
T20
Jennifer Kupcho *
-3
69
72
141
T20
Jeongeun Lee6
-3
71
70
141
T26
Jaye Marie Green *
-2
71
71
142
T26
Hannah Green
-2
71
71
142
T26
Mi Jung Hur *
-2
71
71
142
T26
Danielle Kang *
-2
72
70
142
T26
Minjee Lee
-2
72
70
142
T26
Yu Liu *
-2
71
71
142
T26
Azahara Munoz
-2
70
72
142
T26
Ryann O’Toole
-2
71
71
142
T26
Amy Olson *
-2
73
69
142
T26
Gerina Piller *
-2
70
72
142
T26
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
-2
72
70
142
T26
Lexi Thompson
-2
70
72
142
T38
Ariya Jutanugarn *
-1
68
75
143
T38
Sei Young Kim *
-1
72
71
143
T38
Bronte Law *
-1
69
74
143
T38
Brittany Lincicome
-1
73
70
143
T38
Lauren Stephenson
-1
71
72
143
T38
Amy Yang *
-1
70
73
143
T44
Celine Boutier
E
75
69
144
T44
Cydney Clanton *
E
74
70
144
T44
Nasa Hataoka *
E
75
69
144
T44
Brooke M. Henderson
E
75
69
144
T44
Eun-Hee Ji
E
72
72
144
T44
Mi Hyang Lee
E
73
71
144
T44
Xiyu Lin
E
72
72
144
T44
Pernilla Lindberg *
E
72
72
144
T44
Caroline Masson *
E
73
71
144
T44
Stephanie Meadow *
E
71
73
144
T44
Mel Reid
E
71
73
144
T44
So Yeon Ryu
E
72
72
144
T44
Jennifer Song *
E
72
72
144
T44
Linnea Strom *
E
75
69
144
T44
Kelly Tan
E
71
73
144
T59
Aditi Ashok
1
73
72
145
T59
Nicole Broch Larsen *
1
71
74
145
T59
Kristen Gillman
1
72
73
145
T59
Cristie Kerr
1
72
73
145
T59
Hyo Joo Kim
1
72
73
145
T59
Jessica Korda *
1
69
76
145
T59
Stacy Lewis *
1
76
69
145
T59
Hee Young Park
1
73
72
145
T59
Pornanong Phatlum *
1
70
75
145
T59
Jenny Shin
1
71
74
145
T59
Angela Stanford
1
72
73
145
T59
Maria Torres
1
73
72
145
T59
Angel Yin *
1
72
73
145
CUT
Brittany Altomare
2
75
71
146
CUT
Chella Choi
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
2
72
74
146
CUT
Caroline Inglis
2
72
74
146
CUT
Sarah Kemp
2
70
76
146
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
2
71
75
146
CUT
Lizette Salas
2
74
72
146
CUT
Hinako Shibuno
2
72
74
146
CUT
Aline Krauter (a)
3
73
74
147
CUT
Emily Kristine Pedersen
3
76
71
147
CUT
Marissa Steen
3
76
71
147
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
3
75
72
147
CUT
Albane Valenzuela
3
77
70
147
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jing Yan
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jennifer Chang
4
75
73
148
CUT
In Gee Chun
4
73
75
148
CUT
Perrine Delacour
4
72
76
148
CUT
Cheyenne Knight
4
70
78
148
CUT
A Lim Kim
4
76
72
148
CUT
Bianca Pagdanganan
4
75
73
148
CUT
Annie Park
4
77
71
148
CUT
Sarah Schmelzel
4
71
77
148
CUT
Alena Sharp
4
72
76
148
CUT
Carlota Ciganda
5
70
79
149
CUT
Jenny Coleman
5
77
72
149
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
5
78
71
149
CUT
Katherine Kirk
5
73
76
149
CUT
Brittany Lang
5
72
77
149
CUT
Yealimi Noh
5
76
73
149
CUT
Sung Hyun Park
5
71
78
149
CUT
Ayako Uehara
5
73
76
149
CUT
Michelle Wie West
5
70
79
149
CUT
Ashleigh Buhai
6
73
77
150
CUT
Mina Harigae
6
78
72
150
CUT
Tiffany Joh
6
75
75
150
CUT
In Kyung Kim
6
76
74
150
CUT
Haru Nomura
6
74
76
150
CUT
Su Oh
6
74
76
150
CUT
Emma Talley
7
76
75
151
CUT
Yani Tseng
8
77
75
152
CUT
Marina Alex
9
74
79
153
CUT
Maria Fassi
9
74
79
153
CUT
Erika Hara
9
78
75
153
CUT
Morgan Pressel
9
77
76
153
CUT
Jane Park
10
78
76
154
CUT
Robynn Ree
10
74
80
154
CUT
Andrea Lee
11
76
79
155
* Player started on the back nine
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