Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ariya Jutanugarn going for third straight LPGA Tour win

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ariya Jutanugarn tore her scorecard into pieces after walking off the 18th green at Travis Pointe, proving the competition isn't the only thing she is tearing up.

Jutanugarn moved a step closer to winning a third straight LPGA Tour title by shooting 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-shot lead in the Volvik Championship at 11-under 133.

She had four back-nine birdies, including at No. 18 when her approach went off a hospitality suite and landed in a greenside bunker 20 yards from the hole.

"Hit cut 3-wood and it didn't cut," she said.

As Jutanugarn dug her heels into the sand, it sounded as if a spectator dropped something in an elevated viewing area just behind her. She stepped away from the ball, then addressed it again. She blasted out of the bunker well enough to set up a 1-foot putt.

Jutanugarn, 20, is coming off a win at the Kingsmill Championship after becoming the first Thai winner in tour history at the previous tournament, the LPGA Classic. She insisted a third straight title isn't on her mind.

"I'm not thinking about I'm going to win, I'm going to lose," she said. "But just have fun."

Second-ranked Inbee Park, who withdrew Thursday with a thumb injury, was the last tour player to win three straight tournaments. She did it in 2013.

So Yeon Ryu (67), Marina Alex (67) and first-round leader Christina Kim (71) were tied for second.

Jessica Korda (65), Giulia Molinaro (67) and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (67) were 7 under.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko was 2 under after her second straight 71.

Champions: Rocco Mediate stretched his Senior PGA Championship lead to four strokes, birdieing the final two holes for 5-under 66 and a two-round total of 14-under 128 at Benton Harbor, Mich. Gene Sauers was second, closing with a bogey for 69. Bernhard Langer birdied three of his last four holes in a 64 to reach 9 under in his bid to become the first player to win all five tour majors. Two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie (66) and club pro John DalCorobbo (68) also were 9 under. John Daly missed the cut with rounds of 75 and 74.

PGA: Bryce Molder had a one-stroke lead with three holes to play in the second round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational when play was suspended because of darkness. At 9 under, Molder, the first-round leader, was a stroke ahead of Webb Simpson (67) and two in front of Jordan Spieth (66) and Patrick Reed, who was through eight holes. The start of the round was delayed 51/2 hours after thunderstorms overnight that lingered into the morning.

European PGA: Masters champion Danny Willett made six birdies in a tournament-record 29 on the front nine at the PGA Championship, setting up a 4-under 68 that gave him a three-way share of the second-round lead at 10-under 134 in Virginia Water, England. Scott Hend (69) and Y.E. Yang (69) were at the top of the leaderboard with Willett in the tour's flagship event at Wentworth. Jaco van Zyl (68) was a stroke off the lead.

Ryder Cup: European captain Darren Clarke selected Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie as three of his vice captains for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 event at Hazeltine in Minnesota. Bjorn (2010, '12) and Harrington ('14) have performed the role before. It will be the first time as vice captain for Lawrie, who played for the European team in 1999 and 2012. Clarke is set to pick his remaining two vice captains around the time of the British Open.

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