Ryann O’Toole In Contention After Three Rounds at the Manulife Classic

Ryann O'Toole of California, tees off on the 12th tee during the first round of the Marathon LPGA Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio USA, on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Cambridge, Canada

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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