Jul 16th, 2021
Jutanugarn sisters out front in Michigan
Ariya and Moriya lead Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational after 59
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The pair take a two-stroke lead over countrywoman Pajaree Anannarukarn and India's Aditi Ashok into the third round.
"I think just playing together with my sister makes it more comfortable because we can support each other," Moriya said.
"Like when I had trouble or like hit a bad shot, she'd cover it, or when she doesn't hit a good shot, I'm just trying to cover it. So it seems like that's how you should play the best-ball format."
The Jutanugarn sit on fourteen-under-par going into alternate shot Friday with it being best ball again on Saturday. The pair opened with a three-under 67 in the alternate shot format on day one.
Ariya got things off to a fast start with birdies at four of the first five holes with Moriya stepping in to add birdies at the 6th, 7th and 12th. Both players added another sole birdie on the back nine and they both birdied the 15th and 17th holes to card the impressive 59.
"She's really solid, really consistent," Ariya said.
"Every time she hits the ball, I feel like I have no worry, so I know where the ball is going to go. Even if she misses, it's going to be fine. When you have partners, you have really solid golf; you kind of just go for it, go for the pin and hit it hard, so you have no fear."
Mi Jung Hur and Jeongeun Lee6 shot a 62 to join Wichanee Meechai and Pavarisa Yoktuan (63) at 11 under.
Defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura equalled their score on day one with a five-under 65 to sit alongside Spain's Carlota Ciganda and England's Mel Reid (64) at ten-under.
The European pairing believes they have a lot more to offer as they approach the weekend.
"We were both kind of playing our C game," said Reid. "We are kind of excited for the weekend to move that to a B or an A game"
Danielle Kang and Lydia Ko are in a group at nine-under following their round of 63. Lexi Thompson and last week's winner Nasa Hataoka also had a 63 to reach eight-under.
Overnight joint-leaders Nelly and Jessica Korda had a disappointing day and could only add a one-under 69 to their opening 65. The sisters sit eight shots back from the leaders at six-under.
It is Nelly Korda's first outing since winning the KPMG Women's PGA and grabbing the number one spot in the world rankings. The Kordas will also represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Tokyo, alongside Danielle Kang and Thompson at the beginning of August.