UCLA product Patty Tavatanakit 2nd after 54 holes of Gainbridge LPGA event in Florida

Patty Tavatanakit (courtesy LPGA)

After Saturday’s third round action at Lake Nona, Patty Tavatanakit was one shot behind the leader Nelly Korda heading to Sunday’s final round.

Tavatanakit closed with four birdies over her last five holes, including the last three, for a 66. She will be in the final group Sunday with Korda and Angel Yin, who had a 65 and was three shots behind.

Tavatanakit said she didn’t spend a lot of time looking at the leaderboard. When she did, she wasn’t sure where she stood because she kept missing the front page of leaders.

“I was like, ‘Oh, I’m probably still up there.’ So I didn’t think too much about it until 15. I saw that I am two back,” Tavatanakit said. “I was like, ‘OK, let’s see what I can do here.’ Not going to lie, coming down the stretch, those putts were a little shaky.”

The UCLA product is looking for her first LPGA Tour win.

The 21-year-old is coming off her rookie season in 2020.

Patty Tavatanakit LPGA Tour 3rd Round top 3 Gainbridge LPGA Fla 2 27 21.mp3

PATTY’S BIO FROM LPGA TOUR:

Career Highlights

2019:

  • Made nine cuts in 11 starts on the Symetra Tour with victories at the Donald Ross Classic, Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic and the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge
  • Named the 2019 Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year
  • First on Symetra Tour in scoring average (69.382), par-4 scoring average (3.931) and par-5 scoring average (4.583)
  • Finished second on the Symetra Tour money list to earn LPGA Tour status for the 2020 season
  • Carded a career-low and an 18-hole tournament scoring record 11-under 61 at the 2019 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic as a sponsor exemption

Amateur Highlights

  • Seven-time winner and two-time WGCA First Team All-American at UCLA 
  • Low amateur at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (T5)

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