Pornanong Phatlum shot a bogey-free 67 on Friday and will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The Thai started the day tied for third at 5 under, but after posting the day’s low round to reach 10-under par, Phatlum’s name appeared atop the big red and white scoreboards at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
“I feel very happy right now. I think the key this week for me, like I’m very confident on my game a lot this week,” said Phatlum.
“So I just try to play my game and try to plan every day get away from the bunker so I can hit like every shot like very good on the round.”
Overnight leader Minjee Lee was cruising along flawlessly at 12-under par through 16 holes, but lost three shots on her final two holes (double bogey-bogey) to post a disappointing 70, and fall back to 9-under par.
The Aussie was tied for second with hometown favorite Georgia Hall, who carded a second-day 68, and Japan’s Mamiko Higa (69).
Tapei’s Teresa Lu shot 69 to reach 8 under and round out the top-five leaders. Koreans Sung Hyun Park (70) and So Yeon Ryu (69) were alone in sixth- and seventh-place, respectively.
TOP 10 LEADERS
POS-PLAYER-TO PAR (TODAY)
1. Pornanong Phatlum -10 (-5)
2. Minjee Lee -9 (-2)
2. Georgia Hall -9 (-4)
2. Mamiko Higa -9 (-3)
5. Teresa Lu -8 (-3)
6. Sung Hyun Park -7 (-2)
7. So Yeon Ryu -6 (-3)
8. Brooke Henderson -5 (-2)
8. Madeline Sagstrom -5 (-2)
8. Florentyna Parker -5 (-2)
8. Mina Harigae -5 (-1)
8. Lydia Ko -5 (-1)
8. Pernilla Lindberg -5 (-4)
How has the success of Thai women in golf, how has that been received in Thailand? How has the nation shown its appreciation? Have you felt it?
PORNANONG PHATLUM: I think Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn they inspire like all the Thai golfers a lot. And so we know like we can do it and we can like win tournaments on tour. So everyone like just try to do like I mean like work more hard.