On May 9, three Thai players finished the top 3, of which Ariya Jutanugarn won at -22, helping golf at the Golden Temple for the first time after 15 years of hosting the LPGA Tour event.

Honda LPGA Thailand since 2006 has not recorded a domestic champion. But yesterday, the tournament’s history changed, when Jutanugarn took to the podium with the last 63 strokes. At this stage, she reached 272 yards in the two holes selected by the LPGA Tour to record the average kicking distance. The whole game, a golfer born in 1995 hit 11 of the 14 fairways, went green according to the standard of 17 holes and used 28 putts – putt.

In 2013, Jutanugarn lost the Cup because of the “tunnel collapse” at the end of the award. At that time, she entered the 18 par5 hole with a two-stroke lead but lost eight in total to finish – triple bogey so Park Inbee won the championship.

While Jutanugarn was first this year, Atthaya Thitikul finished second at -21, Patty Tavatanakit was in T3 overall (score -20). During the previous 54 holes, Tavatanakit kept the top of the table and Thitikul at least T2.

At the beginning of the opening day, Jutanugarn was five strokes away from Tavatanakit, two holes ahead. She finished at -22 thanks to nine birdies in the no-bogey scoreboard on par72. After that, the round was postponed for more than an hour due to bad weather.

Returning to the field after a period of reluctance, Thitikul from the fairway 18 par5 hole, needed a new eagle or birdie to pull Jutanugarn into the sub hole. But the 18-year-old only keeps par after going green for the second and three putts to finish. This ending accidentally helped Jutanugarn end 1,507 days of thirst for the LPGA Tour title.

Ariya Jutanugarn kissed the Honda LPGA Thailand trophy at Siam Country Club, Pattaya on May 9.  Photo: Bangkok Post

Ariya Jutanugarn kissed the Honda LPGA Thailand trophy at Siam Country Club, Pattaya on May 9. Image: Bangkok Post

Tavatanakit from the first round advantage to “bystander” by hitting erratically in 11 holes and then double bogey in hole 12. She kept par four consecutive holes, birdie in both last holes still could not change the situation.

“It feels great, not only for being the first domestic champion at the LPGA Tour event in Thailand. This victory also helped put an end to nearly three years without a title,” Jutanugarn said at the awards ceremony.

Before Honda LPGA, Jutanugarn won two major in 10 championships in the American women’s golf arena. But she has been struggling to find the Cup after holding the Ladies Scottish Open in July 2018. Jutanugarn first held the top of the world women’s golf rankings (Rolex Rankings) in June 2017 with 23 weeks of accumulating in this position.

Tavatanakit was born in 1999, was on the LPGA Tour in 2020 and is still a rookie this season by Covid-19. Over a month ago, she won major ANA Inspiration.

In 50 years of history, Tavatanakit is the second rookie to win the championship. The first similar case is Juli Inkster in 1984.

With the victory of Tavatanakit, the professional golf village in the world, recognized two Thai golfers with the major championship. Jutanugarn fired her first cannon at Women’s Open 2016.

Thitikul entered golf peak for more than a year. When he was an amateur, this golfer played the SEA Games continuously for two consecutive periods, including the individual championship in Malaysia 2017 and won the bronze medal in the team content in the Philippines 2019.

In the same year that won the SEA Games gold, Thitikul was invited to the Ladies European Tour stage. On the closing day of the tournament – July 9, 2017, she took the coronation podium, becoming the youngest champion at a professional golf tournament. At that time, Thitikul was only 14 years old and four months and 19 days old.

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