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Jutanugarn sisters hearth best-ball 59 to take lead

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MIDLAND, Mich. — Thai sisters Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya Jutanugarn shot an 11-under 59 in best-ball play Thursday to take a 2-stroke lead within the Dow Nice Lakes Bay Invitational.

The Jutanugarns had a 14-under 126 complete at wet Midland Nation Membership after opening with a 67 on Wednesday in alternate-shot play. They may play alternate shot Friday and shut with greatest ball Saturday.

“I feel simply taking part in along with my sister makes it extra snug as a result of we will help one another,” Moriya stated. “Like once I had hassle or like hit a nasty shot she’d cowl it, or when she does not hit a superb shot, I am simply attempting to cowl it. It looks like that is how you must play the best-ball format.”

Two-time main champion Ariya received issues going, birdieing the primary two holes and 4 of the primary 5. Moriya added birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 12; Ariya birdied No. 14; they each birdied Nos. 15 and 17; and Moriya birdied 18.

“She’s actually stable, actually constant,” Ariya stated. “Each time she hits the ball I really feel like I’ve no fear, so I do know the place the ball goes to go. Even when she misses, it will be high quality. When you’ve companions, you’ve actually stable golf, you type of simply go for it, go for the pin and hit it exhausting, so you haven’t any concern.”

Fellow Thai participant Pajaree Anannarukarn and India’s Aditi Ashok have been second after a 63. Anannarukarn eagled the par-4 twelfth.

“It received actually comfortable, so no matter irons or wedges I had, I used to be simply attempting to go straight on the pin just about,” Ashok stated. “I feel that helped make just a few birdies towards the tip after the rain.”

Mi Jung Hur and Jeongeun Lee6 shot a 62 to affix Wichanee Meechai and Pavarisa Yoktuan (63) at 11 underneath.

“She simply performs the whole lot good. I really like her swing,” Hur stated. “Once I met her first time was like three years in the past, and her swing was so good and wonderful. I instructed her straight away, even we do not know one another, ‘Hey, 6, your swings are good.’ And he or she was embarrassed.”

Defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura had their second straight 65 to affix Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid (64) at 10 underneath.

“I am not going to lie, it was slightly bit extra of a grind,” Clanton stated. “I feel we needed to keep actually affected person, which I feel we did. We made a pair birdies on the entrance, however they weren’t very easy birdies.”

Suwannapura and Clanton received the inaugural occasion by 6 pictures in 2019. The match was canceled final 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Danielle Kang and Lydia Ko topped the group at 9 underneath after a 63.

Lexi Thompson and Nasa Hataoka had a 63 to get to eight underneath. Hataoka received the Marathon LPGA Basic final week in Ohio.

Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu additionally have been 8 underneath after a 65.

Nelly and Jessica Korda, tied for the first-round lead after a 65, have been 8 strokes again at 6 underneath after a 69. Nelly Korda is making her first begin since profitable the Meijer LPGA Basic and the KPMG Girls’s PGA in consecutive weeks to take the No. 1 spot on the planet. The sisters will characterize the U.S. within the Olympics, becoming a member of Kang and Thompson in Tokyo.

The Evian Championship, the fourth main of the 12 months, is subsequent week in France.

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