One could sense the killer instinct in Ariya Jutanugarn’s steely gaze at the US$1.5 million HSBC Women’s World Championship on Saturday, March 2.
It felt like she had the Eye of the Tiger (Woods), and to borrow a line from Survivor’s classic, she enjoyed the thrill of the fight and rose to the challenge of her rivals.
The Thai’s flight-mates, Australia’s Minjee Lee and Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England, were already playing stellar golf as they carded 67 and 68 respectively on Sentosa Golf Club’s New Tanjong Course.
But whatever they did, world No. 1 Ariya did better. She sank six-birdies in a blemish-free round of 66 to top the leaderboard on a total score of 11-under 205, with Lee and Shadoff one and two strokes behind respectively.
American Amy Olson, who led by two after two rounds, had a mixed round of one double-bogey, three bogeys and six birdies for a 71, three strokes behind. Read more