Ariya in line to take fifth title of year in Canada
REIGNING British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn continued her breakout year form on Saturday by firing a five-under 67 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Canadian Women's Open.
The 20-year-old from Thailand is making a bid for her fifth victory of the year after finishing 54 holes on the Priddis Greens Country Club course at 17-under 199.
Ariya said following her third round on Saturday that she does not watch the leaderboard.
"I keep an eye on me," she said. "I don't really care who the leader is.
"I want to play my game."
Ariya posted seven birdies from the fourth through the 14 holes.
She made bogey on the 16th and 18th holes but it was just a small stumble on another brilliant round by the LPGA Tour's biggest rising star.
"Tomorrow, I really want to have fun, and I really want to be happy on the course," said Ariya, who has a two-shot lead on South Korea's Chun In Gee at the tournament in Calgary, Alberta.
Ariya has three titles this year on the US LPGA Tour, comprising the Yokohama Tire Classic, Kingsmill Championship and Vilvik Championship.
She also won the British Open last month and the 2013 Lalla Meryem Cup on the Ladies European Tour.
Chun, the 2015 US Women's Open champion, stormed into contention with a bogey-free 66, posting three birdies on each nine.
South Korea's Kim Sei Young recorded a 68 and was five shots behind in a tie for third with Stephanie Meadow, of England, who shot a second straight 69.
Crowd favourite Alena Sharp, of Canada, posted a 67 with four birdies coming home.
She was six strokes down in a tie for fifth with Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (66) and three more South Koreans - Jang Ha Na (67), Amy Yang (68) and Chella Choi (69).
Top-ranked Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, finished at 70 and was seven shots back in a tie for 10th.