Pauline Roussin-Bouchard takes the lead of the Q series | LPGA


Former South Carolina Pauline Roussin-Bouchard lit the jets on Saturday, clocking six birdies and a bogey in the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove and rising to the top of the LPGA Q-Series standings at -12. She finished her lap with back-to-back birdies to take the lead in solo, a blow to Hye-Jin Choi of the Republic of Korea.

“I’m just surrounded by amazing people and I feel good in this environment,” said Roussin-Bouchard, who won stage II medal honors at the LPGA qualifying school in October. “I guess I’m just trying to live the moment because I’ve trained and prepared for it, so it’s just about living the moment with the people who are dear to me.”

The 21-year-old from southern France turned pro in August 2021. In her second pro event only, she won the LET Didriksons Skaftö Open after shooting a 60 in the second round.

Choi continued to perform well despite a lingering ankle injury, winning five birdies and two bogeys in his 68 Under 3.

Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul and Peiyun Chien of Chinese Taipei are tied for third at -10, with both players returning from rounds of 66 on Saturday. Thitikul, LET Player and Rookie of the Year 2021, came to Mobile straight from the LET season finale in Spain. Finally, despite his jet lag, the 18-year-old Thai phenomenon feels his game is taking shape ahead of Sunday’s final round of the Crossings Course.

“I played (Crossings) the first day. I stuck a bit with my putter, and hopefully tomorrow I can improve, ”said Thitikul. “Just give me a lot of chances to be in the safe zone and keep rolling the putt, be patient.”

Japan’s Ayaka Furue, the highest-ranked player on the field at No. 14 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, and Canada’s Selena Costabile are tied for fifth at -9, while fellow Koreans Yaeeun Hong and Na Rin An occupy seventh place with – 8. A quartet of American women completed the top 10 at -7 – Katie Yoo, Caroline Inglis, Kaitlyn Papp and Haylee Harford.

After starting the day tied for 72nd place, 2019 AIG Women’s Open champion Hinako Shibuno climbed the rankings on Saturday, winning a 66th in the third round and jumping tied for 25th at -4. She will compete in Crossings on Sunday, looking to catch up on the first round 73 she shot there on Thursday. “I need revenge from day one. I’m going to play with new feelings and do my best, ”said Shibuno.

The LPGA Q-Series consists of two 72-hole stroke play events held over consecutive weeks, with cumulative scores over the two weeks. After the first week, there will be a reduction of 70 players and ties, with the second week taking place at the Highland Oaks Golf Club in Dothan, Alabama. The 2020 competition did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Jeongeun Lee6 (2018) and Muni He (2019) winning medal honors in the first two games.


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