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Tavatanakit, Valenzuela battling for low-am honors

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Will it be a Thai sweep Sunday at the U.S. Women’s Open?

Ariya Jutanugarn isn’t the only player from Thailand in position to take home a coveted prize at Shoal Creek.

Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit is battling Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela for the medal that goes to the low amateur.

Full-field scores from the U.S. Women’s Open

Tavanakit, 18, posted a even-par 72, leaving her tied for ninth, 11 shots off the lead. Valenzuela, 20, shot 71, leaving her 12 shots back.

Valenzuela won’t be easy to beat. She has been low amateur in a major before. She shared that distinction with Hannah O’Sullivan at the ANA Inspiration two years ago. Valenzuela is a rising junior at Stanford.

Thailand already boasts one major low am this year, as Atthaya Thitikul took the honors at the ANA Inspiration, overtaking Valenzulea in the final round.

Americans Elizabeth Wang and Kristen Gillman and Sweden’s Linn Grant also are in the running for low am Sunday.