Ariya Jutanugarn leads Blue Bay LPGA by 4 shots

Rex Christensen
November 10, 2018

Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament. She then got to work with three straight birdies to make the turn at four under.

Lopez, who was joint second going into the third round, carded a six-under-par 66 to go nine under for the tournament, a one-shot lead on Thailand's Jutanugarn.

Thidapa Suwannapura (Thailand), the first-round leader, continued to plummet down the leaderboard after shooting a 6-over 78 to put her at 5 over after three rounds.

"I hit the ideal shot at the par-three seventh hole and made birdie".

"I couldn't give myself a better birthday present", said Lopez, who was presented afterwards with two cakes.

"I have been waiting for this moment", the Mexican said.

"We have so much fun".

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Ariya said that she has a combustible relationship with Moriya, but is relishing the prospect of fighting it out with her sister on the golf course. We walk to the course together.

"We stay together this week. we woke up same time like both days already".

"I think we (are) very nice to each other when we're on the golf course, but off the golf course I think we (are) not nice to each other".

"You know, she's really professional", Ariya said of her sister.

Even better, Lopez will be after her first career U.S. LPGA Tour victory in the final round on Saturday and will play in the last group with Ariya, the No. 1-ranked golfer.

Between siblings, old habits die hard.

Lopez, of Mexico, capped her day with an ace for eagle on No. 17 and a birdie on No. 18 to grab the lead.

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