HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) — How’s this for a birthday provide?

Gaby Lopez grew to become 25 on Friday and celebrated with a hole-in-one that helped her to a 6-under-66 and a one-stroke lead over Ariya Jutanugarn after the 3rd spherical of the Blue Bay LPGA match.

Even higher, Lopez will probably be after her first profession U.S. LPGA Excursion victory within the ultimate spherical on Saturday and can play within the closing workforce with Ariya, the No. 1-ranked golfer. In addition they performed in combination on Friday at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golfing Membership.

“I’ve been looking ahead to this second,” the Mexican stated. “I am very fortunate to percentage the path with the most productive participant on the planet. You understand, I had a good time. I loved these days.”

Lopez aced the 17th, knocking in a 7 iron from 181 yards. She additionally had six birdies together with 3 to open the spherical. She stated it used to be her 8th hole-in-one.

“As quickly because the ball left the membership I knew it used to be a just right shot, however I could not see for the reason that solar used to be in my face,” Lopez defined. “I grew to become round and my caddie is going, ‘It went in.’ I could not give myself a greater birthday provide.”

Ariya, of Thailand, led via 4 strokes after the second one spherical however slipped to a 71, which integrated a bogey at the ultimate gap.

Sung Hyun Park shot a 67 and fellow South Korean Sei Younger Kim had a 68 to position them each 5 strokes at the back of the chief.

The match wraps up 5 directly weeks of play for the excursion in Asia.

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