ANA Inspiration R4

Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit claims her first major victory

ANA Inspiration 2021 R4
April 01-04
Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Rancho Mirage, California
$3,100,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

ANA Inspiration 2021 R4 - Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit claims her first major victory
Credit: 2021 ANA Inspiration, Gabe Roux

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Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit claimed her first major victory at the 2021 ANA Inspiration, calmly closing out with a blemish-free final round of 68 having held the lead since Thursday.


ANA Inspiration 2021 R4

The 21 year old rookie started the day five shots clear of a formidable chasing pack which included the world No.1 and four past ANA Inspiration champions. It was the 2016 Champion, Lydia Ko, who came closest to thwarting Tavatanakit’s maiden LPGA victory as she surged up the leaderboard with a stunning final round of 62, finishing just two shots back in second place.


ANA Inspiration 2021 R4

Tavatanakit’s jump into Poppie’s Pond alongside her caddie Ryan Hogue was almost as impressive and stylish as her on-course performance. She said, “It’s amazing I’m still calm, there is some calmness in me. I don’t know why. But like I said, I just wanted it to be done since this morning, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. But I meditated twice this morning. Just be patient and I knew it was going to be hard out here and I got to be really strong mentally. So it feels great to be a major champion. It still hasn’t really sunk in yet the fact that I just turned 21 six months ago and now I’m a major champion in my rookie year. Just crazy.”


ANA Inspiration 2021 R4

Through the week and again on the green during the trophy and robe presentation, she referenced the importance of playing in the ANA Inspiration as an amateur and how she called upon the experience of winning the low-amateur medal in 2019 throughout the week. She explained, “It’s an amazing, amazing feeling. I feel like I’m really grateful for all the opportunities I got from before AJGA for having me play here as an amateur, and also got an invite when I was in college. Really grateful for those opportunities to come and play, experience the course and know how it’s like to play in a major. I feel like that helped me a lot. I was talking to my coach last year at the U.S. Open. I was like, Wait this is my fifth U.S. Open. Then I was just, Oh, man, I’ve played in couple majors, like enough to know how to handle myself out there, and it was probably the best experiences I’ve ever gotten.”


ANA Inspiration 2021 R4

Ko was as delightfully philosophical as always when she spoke of her spectacular 62 which tied the lowest tournament round record of Lorena Ochoa in 2006. She said, “I was a little bit of a mess the first couple days. I made a lot of birdies — I made more birdies than bogeys thank goodness, but I was making a lot of like clumsy mistakes, and it kind of fed on from what was happening last week. I was just excited that I could be back in this kind of position and be under this adrenaline. Always no matter if it’s a major or just any other event we play, I think it’s great to finish your tournament on a high. I was like, oh, you know, I wonder if I hadn’t made a few of the clumsy mistakes early in the week what could have happened. There can be times when you go, oh, what could have been, but I feel like I have to focus on what were the things that I did well to just be in this position.   Like I said earlier, Patty played amazing golf, and I tried to chase her, but she was just a bit too far away.”


ANA Inspiration 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Patty Tavatanakit
-18
66
69
67
68
270
2
Lydia Ko
-16
70
69
71
62
272
T3
Shanshan Feng
-11
67
69
72
69
277
T3
Sei Young Kim
-11
72
71
68
66
277
T3
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-11
72
68
71
66
277
T3
Nelly Korda
-11
71
70
70
66
277
T7
Ally Ewing
-10
71
70
66
71
278
T7
Jin Young Ko
-10
69
70
71
68
278
T7
Inbee Park
-10
70
69
70
69
278
T10
Moriya Jutanugarn
-9
68
69
73
69
279
T10
Megan Khang
-9
68
73
71
67
279
T10
Mirim Lee
-9
69
70
68
72
279
13
Danielle Kang
-8
72
70
73
65
280
T14
Hannah Green
-7
71
71
70
69
281
T14
Charley Hull
-7
69
69
71
72
281
T14
Mi Hyang Lee
-7
73
71
68
69
281
T14
Pernilla Lindberg
-7
72
72
69
68
281
T14
Mel Reid
-7
71
73
70
67
281
T19
Brooke M. Henderson
-6
75
69
68
70
282
T19
Christina Kim
-6
70
70
73
69
282
T19
Yu Liu
-6
71
71
69
71
282
T19
Stephanie Meadow
-6
71
73
71
67
282
T19
Ryann O’Toole
-6
71
71
72
68
282
T19
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
-6
72
70
69
71
282
T25
Minjee Lee
-5
72
70
74
67
283
T25
Gaby Lopez
-5
73
67
70
73
283
T25
Anna Nordqvist
-5
68
70
74
71
283
T28
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-4
71
69
71
73
284
T28
Yui Kawamoto
-4
71
69
75
69
284
T28
Cristie Kerr
-4
72
73
74
65
284
T28
Hyo Joo Kim
-4
72
73
70
69
284
T28
Leona Maguire
-4
67
73
74
70
284
T28
Azahara Munoz
-4
70
72
72
70
284
T28
Jenny Shin
-4
71
74
72
67
284
T28
Lauren Stephenson
-4
71
72
72
69
284
T36
Georgia Hall
-3
69
70
77
69
285
T36
Jessica Korda
-3
69
76
68
72
285
T36
Xiyu Lin
-3
72
72
73
68
285
T36
Lexi Thompson
-3
70
72
75
68
285
T40
Austin Ernst
-2
73
68
73
72
286
T40
Jaye Marie Green
-2
71
71
70
74
286
T40
Mi Jung Hur
-2
71
71
71
73
286
T40
Stacy Lewis
-2
76
69
67
74
286
T40
Amy Olson
-2
73
69
73
71
286
T40
Gerina Piller
-2
70
72
71
73
286
T40
Angela Stanford
-2
72
73
70
71
286
T47
Jeongeun Lee6
-1
71
70
72
74
287
T47
Hee Young Park
-1
73
72
72
70
287
T47
Maria Torres
-1
73
72
72
70
287
T50
Celine Boutier
E
75
69
72
72
288
T50
Dani Holmqvist
E
70
70
74
74
288
T50
Bronte Law
E
69
74
76
69
288
T50
Pornanong Phatlum
E
70
75
71
72
288
T50
So Yeon Ryu
E
72
72
68
76
288
T50
Yuka Saso
E
69
71
77
71
288
T50
Amy Yang
E
70
73
73
72
288
T57
Brittany Lincicome
1
73
70
73
73
289
T57
Linnea Strom
1
75
69
68
77
289
T57
Angel Yin
1
72
73
70
74
289
T60
Ariya Jutanugarn
2
68
75
76
71
290
T60
Jennifer Kupcho
2
69
72
77
72
290
T60
Sophia Popov
2
70
69
73
78
290
T63
Nicole Broch Larsen
3
71
74
73
73
291
T63
Eun-Hee Ji
3
72
72
76
71
291
T63
Caroline Masson
3
73
71
73
74
291
T63
Kelly Tan
3
71
73
76
71
291
T67
Aditi Ashok
4
73
72
75
72
292
T67
Nasa Hataoka
4
75
69
74
74
292
69
Jennifer Song
5
72
72
74
75
293
T70
Cydney Clanton
6
74
70
73
77
294
T70
Kristen Gillman
6
72
73
74
75
294
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