After three rounds, American Ryann O’Tootle is in contention at the 2016 Manulife Classic. The 29-year-old sits a shot-back of a four-way lead shared by Lydia Ko, among others.
O’Toole got off to a shaky start, bogeying the par-4 first hole. When asked about her rough start, she noted: “I kind of fell like I was not awake or something happened. I had gap wedge into the hole, and I just hit it short and then three-putted.”
Ryann O’Toole In Contention
Her round got back to even and then to -1 with successive birdies on the second and third holes. After birdies on 5, 7 and 8, she went into the back-nine at four-under for the day.
The round, while good, had another blip. O’Toole bogeyed the par-5 16th, putting her back to -9 after having had a share of the lead through the middle holes in the back-nine.
When asked about her round, she noted the conditions were ideal.
“There’s not really any wind. Pins are accessible, and it’s warm. So the ball is flying, and I think the course is getting firmer, so things are rolling out, which is nice. I just feel like I was a lot of short irons in today and not too much breeze, so the holes that would be into the wind yesterday you had nothing today.”
While unlikely to be just a shot-off by the end of the day, O’Toole will likely be in contention on Sunday.
“For tomorrow’s round? I don’t know,” O’Toole quipped. “Kind of feel like I want to do teh same, but I will probably, honestly, hit a couple putts, just feel like the stroke is still going good, do some speed stuff because the greens are getting a little faster, hit some shots and go home.”
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