Clanton, Suwannapura team to take 5-shot lead in Midland

Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura shot a 7-under 63 in alternate-shot play to open a five-stroke lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour's first-year team event

MIDLAND, Mich. -- Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura shot a 7-under 63 in alternate-shot play Friday to open a five-stroke lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour's first-year team event.

Clanton and Suwannapura birdied five of the last seven holes on the front nine and played the last five holes in 2 under, making three birdies and a bogey.

"I think because we pretty chill, like 'You hit a bad shot, like OK, I'll fix it, don't worry,'" Suwannapura said. "So everybody kind of like relaxing the game today, so the result pretty good."

They had a 16-under 194 total at Midland Country Club, with a best-ball round left Saturday.

"Each hole's an opportunity," Clanton said. "How many opportunities can we give ourselves. One of those things where as many fairways and greens as you can hit and if the putts go in, great."

Suwannapura, from Thailand, won the Marathon Classic last year for her lone LPGA Tour title. Clanton is winless on the tour. They had an alternate-shot 67 on Wednesday and shot a best-ball 64 on Thursday.

Sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn had a 64 to move into a tie for second at 11 under with Simin Feng-Ruixin Liu (67), Na Yeon Choi-Jenny Shin (67) and Paula Creamer-Morgan Pressel (69).