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.
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