Patty Tavatanakit hangs on to ANA Inspiration lead

4/2/2021 10:55:48 PM EST

Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit maintained her lead Friday at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and she is up by one stroke at the halfway point of the LPGA season's first major.

Tavatanakit recorded an eagle while shooting a 3-under-par 69 in the second round at Mission Hills Country Club's Dinah Shore Tournament Course, leaving her at 9-under 135. She remains just ahead of China's Shanshan Feng, who also carded a 69.

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn holds third place at 7 under after a 69. England's Charley Hull (second-round 69) and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (70) are tied for fourth at 6 under.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko (69), Germany's Sophia Popov (69), England's Georgia Hall (70) and three South Korean players, Inbee Park (69), Mirim Lee (70) and Jin Young Ko (70) share sixth place at 5 under.

Tavatanakit, starting on the back nine, was 1 over par for the day before she eagled the par-4 15th hole, then added a birdie on the par-4 16th hole. The rest of the way, she had two birdies and one bogey.

The key was the eagle, on which her 115-yard approach shot landed right in the hole.

"It was really good shot, a little bit of a draw spin in," Tavatanakit said. "I could feel it like moving right to left and towards the hole. I looked good and then I heard like (making noise) and it was a good feeling."

Looking ahead to the next two rounds and the possibility of earning her first LPGA Tour victory, Tavatanakit said, "Just keep doing what I'm doing, focusing on what's important, what I can control out there. ...

"There is going to be a lot of challenges on the weekend, and I'm ready to face it. It's not going to be easy. If I were going to win it it's going to be tough."

Feng finished well. She was 1 under for the round prior to notching birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.

"I missed a few fairways on the front, so, I mean, on this course if you're in the rough, then it's hard to get the ball onto the green in regulation," Feng said. "I just missed a few up and downs, but I still think overall I was pretty good."

Jutanugarn had four birdies prior to making her lone bogey of the day at No. 16.

"It was another pretty solid round for me," Jutanugarn said. "You know, just have to be a lot of patient out there. Seems like the wind blowing starting this morning and it's just make it different."

Michelle Wie West, playing in her first major event since 2019, missed the cut after shooting 79 on Friday. She wound up at 5-over 149.

--Field Level Media


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