Aditi Ashok Holds Steady with Even Par 72 at LPGA Classic, Stays in Contention for Positive Finish
Aditi Ashok faced challenges finding her rhythm at the LPGA Classic but managed to bring home an even par 72, keeping herself in contention for another positive result.
Despite hitting fewer greens in regulation, Aditi, who has been performing well this year, particularly in the last three months, secured two birdies and two bogeys, positioning herself tied-13th with one more round to go at the Blythefield Country Club.
Aditi’s previous rounds of 68, 67, and 72 amount to a total of 207, placing her six shots behind the leader, Amy Yang. Yang, shooting her third consecutive 5-under 67, birdied all five par 5s to claim the third-round lead.
Aditi, the Indian player with the most appearances in Majors (men and women), is scheduled to compete in two majors in the coming weeks.
This tournament in the Grand Rapids area serves as the final event before the major Women’s PGA, taking place next week at Baltusrol, followed by the US Women’s Open at Pebble Beach from July 6-9.
Amy Yang, 33, who has previously won all four of her LPGA Tour titles in Asia, is vying for her first victory in the United States. Despite bogeys on the par-3 11th and 13th, Yang made a strong comeback, birdying the par-5 14th, par-4 17th, and par-5 18th to reach a 15-under 201.
Ashleigh Buhai, the 34-year-old South African who won the LPGA Classic last week, shot a 66, including an eagle on the 18th. Buhai is one stroke behind the leader at 14-under.
Tied for second place with Buhai were the second-round leaders, Ayaka Furue of Japan (69) and Xiyu Lin of China (66).
Xiyu Lin had a bogey-free day, carding an impressive 6-under 66 during the moving day. With six birdies in round three, including four on the par 5s, Lin surged from T-12 to a tie for second place at 14-under.
Ariya Jutanugarn (66), Hyo Joo Kim (69), and Leona Maguire (69) were at 13-under, while defending champion Jennifer Kupcho (69) stood at 12-under alongside Manon De Roey (69) and Lindsey Weaver-Wright (69).
Kupcho showcased an eagle and four birdies but experienced three bogeys for the second consecutive day.