Ariya Jutanugarn has stormed into the lead of the U.S. Women’s Open, using two quick birdies to build momentum and put pressure on Sarah Jane Smith.
Jutanugarn shot a 5-under 67 in the third round Saturday in an impressive display that saw her turn a three-shot deficit into a four-shot lead.
Jutanugarn now has a shot to win her her ninth LPGA Tour win and her second major championship.
“She’s a spectacular player, obviously,” Smith, who shot a 74, said of Jutanugarn (h/t ESPN). “Her length is just one part of her game. She hits it a long way, but her short game is impeccable. She rolls the ball beautifully.
“She’s just the whole package.”
Smith also discussed her struggles.
“I think the nerves showed up in my putting,” Smith said. “I didn’t feel too bad, but I think when you are not getting the ball to the hole it probably proves that you are not letting it go.”
“I think I’m going to sleep pretty well,” Jutanugarn said.
John Peterson Un-Retires from Professional Golf After Tiger Woods Performance
Former NCAA champion John Peterson, who retied from the sport of professional golf at the age of 30 in 2018, is coming out of retirement to play once again.
According to ESPN’s Bob Harig, Peterson changed his mind about his career partly due to Tiger Woods’ “inspiring” win at the Masters back on April 14th.
“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” Peterson said, during an appearance on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge .
“I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills.
“Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.’
“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”
Peterson will have to attempt to qualify for events and then tournaments later this year.
“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff,” Peterson said. “I will get back. I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top-10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”
Play Suspended at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2019
Play has been suspended due to darkness during the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday with Phil Mickelson in the lead.
Mickelson currently leads the tournament at 18 under and Paul Casey owns a share of second at 15 under, with each having two more holes remaining to play.
The PGA Tour announced play will resume at 11 a.m. ET.
Pebble Beach Pro-Am Leaderboard
1. Phil Mickelson (-18) thru 16
T2. Paul Casey (-15) thru 15
T2. Scott Stallings (-15)
T4. Jason Day (-13)
T4. Si Woo Kim (-13)
6. Scott Langley (-12)
T7. Kevin Streelman (-11)
T7. Brian Gay (-11)
T7. Lucas Glover (-11)
T10. Max Homa (-10)
T10. Michael Thompson (-10)
T10. Chris Stroud (-10)
T10. Scott Piercy (-10)
U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau
Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.
“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”
“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”
“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”
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