Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn claimed a three-shot lead at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open after carding an eight-under-par 64.
Jutanugarn currently sits on 12-under and is followed by In Gee Chun and Stephanie Meadow, who are in a tie for second on nine-under.
World number one and defending champion Lydia Ko is four strokes adrift of the lead in a tie for fourth with Sei Young Kim, Hyo Joo Kim, Mi Jung Hur and Chella Choi.
Jutanugarn started the day in a tie for ninth, but quickly began to surge up the leaderboard after making four birdies on her front nine. The 20-year-old, who has won four LPGA Tour titles this year, continued to excel on her back nine as she made four more birdies to put herself in a strong position for victory heading into the weekend.
Chun, who fired a 67, kicked off her round with three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine before recovering to make three birdies, a bogey and an eagle at the par-five 18th to keep herself in contention.
Meadow began her round of 69 with four birdies and a bogey, but was unable to maintain her momentum as she proceeded to make two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine.
Meanwhile, Ko, who registered a 69, got off to a mediocre start as she made two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. She turned her fortunes around with a hat-trick of birdies from the 10th to 12th, but faltered with a bogey at the 14th. Despite this, she still remains within touching distance of Jutanugarn.
The 44-year-old’s last appearance on the PGA Tour was in mid-February.
The biennial match between the United States and Europe will now take place in September 2021 at Whistling Straits.
Organisers hope to stage the event in September 2021.
The five-time European Tour winner has yet to register a victory in the United States.
The event at Royal Troon from August 20-23 will now be the first women’s major of the year following the cancellation of the Evian Championship.
Bryson DeChambeau hopes his victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday has answered his critics.
Overnight leader Matthew Wolff was not able to recover from a poor start.
Americans Ryan Armour and Bryson DeChambeau sit in second place.
The Englishman carded a 66 to put behind him the disappointment of playing alone and missing the cut last week.