Golf: Smiles better for British Open leader Jutanugarn

Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:40pm EDT
 
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Ariya Jutanugarn, who likes to smile before going into her pre-shot routine, was grinning from ear-to-ear after surging two strokes clear of the field in the Ricoh Women's British Open third round on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Thai, who reeled off three LPGA Tour wins in a row in May, fired six birdies in a faultless 66 to finish on 16-under-par 200 in the fourth and penultimate major of the season at Woburn.

South Korean Lee Mi-rim (69), who led after the opening two days, was in second place on 202, three ahead of American Mo Martin (69).

Catriona Matthew was flying the flag for Britain on 206 after carding a 71.

Jutanugarn took the tournament by the scruff of the neck by birdying the second, third, fifth and eighth holes before making further inroads on par at the 10th and 14th.

Asked about her unusual pre-shot routine, she told reporters: "I really want to try to feel relaxed and I feel like whatever is going to make me happy is to smile".

Jutanugarn seemed set to bag the first major win of her career in April when she led late on at the ANA Inspiration but three closing bogeys ruined her chances in California.

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Britain Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2016 - Woburn Golf & Country Club, England - 30/7/16
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn during her third round
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