Golf - Thai history-maker Ariya nears another LPGA win

WILLIAMSBURG, VA - MAY 20: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand watches her tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort on May 20, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Hunter Martin/Getty Images/AFPWILLIAMSBURG, VA - MAY 20: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand watches her tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort on May 20, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Hunter Martin/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Hunter Martin)
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- Ariya Jutanugarn, who two weeks ago became the first Thai golfer to win an LPGA event, fired a six-under-par 65 to seize a one-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Ariya's bogey-free round put her on 10-under 203 after 54 holes at the Kingsmill layout in Williamsburg, Virginia, with compatriot Pornanong Phatlum and South Korea's Chun In-Gee and Ryu So-Yeon one stroke adrift. After so long a wait to make history for her homeland, Ariya could make the wait for a second Thai title a very short one. "It's nice, but actually, I don't know what's going to happen," Ariya said. "But it's good enough for me to be right here." The historic victory came at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Alabama but it nearly came in the year's first major tournament, when Ariya led by two strokes with three holes to play at the ANA Inspiration only to finish with three bogeys in a row and wind up fourth.

AFP