TAVATANAKIT CLIMBS LEADERBOARD IN FINAL ROUND OF HSBC CHAMPIONSHIP
Tavatanakit Following her VICTORY PLUNGE at Ana Inspiration
After failing to make the cut at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open two weeks ago, Patty Tavatanakit was back on form at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore this past weekend.
Starting out slow the first two rounds of the championship – tied for 22nd and 21st place – Tavatanakit was able to jump ten spots up the leader board during the third round and went on a tear in the fourth – finishing tied for third place with Inbee Park at 15 under par.
Tavantankit’s performance during the fourth round of the championship must have been a confidence booster for the young Thai native who failed to make the cut at the LA Open just two weeks prior.
Following the LA Open Tavatanakit told reporters she really wasn’t ready for LA following her impressive win at the ANA Inspiration just prior and all the attention that followed.
According to Tavatanakit she learned after the ANA Inspiration that she needs to manage her time better.
After failing to make the cut in LA, Tavatanakit took a red eye flight to Orlando to be with her coach and friends before heading to Singapore for the HSBC Championship.
Tavatankit played the course at Sentosa three years prior during the Asian Pacific Amateur. The championship however was her first time playing the full 18 holes while walking the course.
Tavatanakit was one of only two rookies to compete in Singapore last week.
Arriving in Asia Tavatanakit said she was excited to play in the championship. “I’m really glad we’re back in Asia playing again,” she told the press prior to the start of the championship.
According to Tavatanakit she enjoys playing golf in Singapore – though she said didn’t remember it being so hot and muggy. She said she could “vividly” recall the back nine from her visit as an amateur three years before but said she had a hard time remembering the front nine.
Since she came to Singapore as an amateur, Tavatanakit said she believes she has matured a lot as a player. “I want to go out there and play smart,” she explained prior to the start of the tournament.
The LPGA rookie said she was excited to play.
“I really like how the course is playing. Some holes are long, some holes are gettable. Some holes are short,” she said.
-By Shawn R. Dagle Women's Pro Golf Editor/Reporter
Published May 5, 2021