10:36 a.m. – Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun and Gerina Piller
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, Republic of Korea’s In Gee Chun and U.S.A’s Gerina Piller are grouped together in the third round of the women’s competition in Rio. The trio sits at six-under par heading into Friday’s round, four-strokes back of leader Inbee Park. Jutanugarn held the first round lead but struggled with her all around game on Thursday and remained at six-under par after finishing Even par for the day. Chun, however, was able to go low on day two and cruised to a five-under par, 66 that included an eagle at her final hole of the day. Piller also made a move on Thursday, following her opening round 69 with a 67 on day two to remain in the hunt for Olympic gold.
10:47 a.m. – Candie Kung, Aditi Ashok and Minjee Lee
Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung, India’s Aditi Ashok and Australia’s Minjee Lee will tee it up together on Friday in Rio. Kung sits just three-strokes back of the lead at seven-under par, with Ashok and Lee at six-under par through 36-holes. Kung is currently No.34 in the Rolex Rankings and opened with rounds of 67 and 68 in Rio. Her playing partner on Friday, Ashok, is No.462 in the world and the 18-year-old made a splash this week with the poise and maturity she has demonstrated as she competes alongside the world’s biggest names. Lee is the final member of this group and will look to continue the momentum she found on Thursday when she carded a 31 on her outward nine which helped her to a second round 67.
11:09 a.m. – Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Charley Hull
Republic of Korea’s Inbee Park, U.S.A’s Stacy Lewis and Great Britain’s Charley Hull will play together in the final group on Saturday in their chase for Olympic gold. Park has showed no sign of pain despite battling an ongoing thumb injury in recent months which has forced her to miss much of June and all of July’s schedule on the LPGA Tour. Park sits at 10-under par through 36-holes, one-stroke ahead of Lewis, who matched the course record on Thursday with an eight-under par, 63. World No.27, Hull, is the third member of this group. She enters the third round two-strokes back of the lead in a share of third with Brooke Henderson at eight-under par.
*All Times Are Local To Rio.