Honda LPGA Thailand R1

Tavatanakit & Thitikul take lead in Thailand

Honda Thailand 2021 R1
May 06-09
Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course, Chonbury, Thailand
$1,600,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Major champion Patty Tavatanakit, in her first visit to Chonburi since winning the 2021 ANA Inspiration, and 18-year-old Atthaya Thitikul recorded 8-under 64s to hold a one-stroke lead heading into Friday.


Honda Thailand 2021 R1

Tavatanakit’s 64 is her second-lowest 18-hole score on Tour. After finishing in a tie for second place at last week’s HSBC Women’s World Championship, the 21-year-old said her momentum started when she birdied the opening hole and made a putt from off the green for another on No. 3.

“I feel like that putt went in and I just feel the speed and the read for the whole day pretty good. I feel like it matches up pretty well,” said Tavatanakit. “So wasn’t expecting that at all because I feel like I didn’t really get like a solid putting practice because the greens here are so slopey. If anything, I feel like I judged everything really well and I’m pleased with my round today.”


Honda Thailand 2021 R1

Tavatanakit made seven more birdies and despite one bogey at the 6th, she was satisfied with her play on the Pattaya Old Course. Tavatanakit, currently fourth on Tour in driving distance with an average of 280.775 yards, said her distance was a benefit on a course that played soft and long due to over a half an inch of rain the night before.

“I feel like I had a lot of short irons in compared to other people. Like I spin it back to the hole instead of like having to land it by short. And I just feel like the whole game itself, being long, just gives my a little bit of advantage. But I still had to execute and play well.”


Honda Thailand 2021 R1

Thitikul, playing in her third Honda LPGA Thailand and first as a professional, made two eagles on the 10th and 18th to card her career-best 18 holes on Tour. She said she’d never made two eagles in the same round before, and was surprised by how well she was able to chip on Thursday.

“Well, No. 10 was like — for 10 and 18 I never think that it’s going to go in, but just take it like easy as I can,” said Thitikul. “Like I’m not a good chipper, so 18 I decided to putting, but 10 I shoot it and I was surprise how good it is, that one.”


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Honda Thailand 2021 R1

Nanna Koerstz Madsen is tied for third at 7-under with Ariya Jutanugarn. Koerstz Madsen carded one of six bogey-free rounds recorded in the first round, and said her goal was to stay positive through the sweltering conditions which she’s been adjusting to since competing at Sentosa Golf Club.

“Tuesday the first day we came in to Singapore I was — I couldn’t do it. It was so hot. But you get used to it and you adapt to the weather. So I’m definitely more prepared this week. Really trying to say positive because it is really hot out here. I’m not used to that, and last week I had a little shock because of that. So I’m just trying to stay really positive and stay as energized as I can.”

Caroline Masson and major champions Hannah Green and Lydia Ko sit in sixth at 6-under, while six players are tied for eighth at 5-under, including Carlota Ciganda and Brittany Lincicome. Fifty-three of 72 players finished the day at even par or better, including defending champion Amy Yang, who rebounded from four bogeys and one birdie on her front-nine to card six birdies on her final nine holes to sit 3-under overall.

Honda Thailand 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Patty Tavatanakit
-8
64
T1
Atthaya Thitikul
-8
64
T3
Ariya Jutanugarn
-7
65
T3
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-7
65
T5
Lydia Ko
-6
66
T5
Caroline Masson
-6
66
T5
Hannah Green
-6
66
T8
Carlota Ciganda
-5
67
T8
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
67
T8
Brittany Lincicome
-5
67
T8
Brittany Altomare
-5
67
T8
Nicole Broch Larsen
-5
67
T8
Xiyu Lin
-5
67
T14
Gerina Piller
-4
68
T14
Hinako Shibuno
-4
68
T14
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-4
68
T14
Hee Young Park
-4
68
T14
Eun-Hee Ji
-4
68
T14
Celine Boutier
-4
68
T20
Yui Kawamoto
-3
69
T20
Madelene Sagstrom
-3
69
T20
Amy Yang
-3
69
T20
Danielle Kang
-3
69
T20
Nasa Hataoka
-3
69
T20
Ayako Uehara
-3
69
T20
Chella Choi
-3
69
T20
Yealimi Noh
-3
69
T20
Gaby Lopez
-3
69
T20
Amy Olson
-3
69
T20
So Yeon Ryu
-3
69
T31
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
70
T31
Moriya Jutanugarn
-2
70
T33
Chanettee Wannasaen
-1
71
T33
Jaye Marie Green
-1
71
T33
Charley Hull
-1
71
T33
Minjee Lee
-1
71
T33
Shanshan Feng
-1
71
T33
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
71
T33
Azahara Munoz
-1
71
T33
Alena Sharp
-1
71
T33
Wei-Ling Hsu
-1
71
T33
Mirim Lee
-1
71
T43
Angel Yin
E
72
T43
Emily Kristine Pedersen
E
72
T43
Tiffany Joh
E
72
T43
In Kyung Kim
E
72
T43
Su Oh
E
72
T43
Sophia Popov
E
72
T43
Georgia Hall
E
72
T43
Sarah Schmelzel
E
72
T43
Bronte Law
E
72
T43
In Gee Chun
E
72
T43
Wichanee Meechai
E
72
T54
Kristen Gillman
+1
73
T54
Mind Muangkhumsakul
+1
73
T54
Jeongeun Lee6
+1
73
T54
Hyo Joo Kim
+1
73
T54
Annie Park
+1
73
T54
Katherine Kirk
+1
73
T54
Mi Hyang Lee
+1
73
T54
Sung Hyun Park
+1
73
T54
Megan Khang
+1
73
T63
Jenny Shin
+2
74
T63
Cydney Clanton
+2
74
T63
Caroline Inglis
+2
74
T66
Muni He
+3
75
T66
Anna Nordqvist
+3
75
T66
Yu Liu
+3
75
T69
Jasmine Suwannapura
+4
76
T69
Jing Yan
+4
76
71
Cheyenne Knight
+5
77
72
Maria Fernanda Torres
+6
78
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