Ariya gives LPGA Thailand first local winner


Ariya Jutanugarn lastly received her arms on the Honda LPGA Thailand title after 14 years of attempting on Sunday, beating compatriot Atthaya Thitikul by one stroke in a dramatic end to the $1.6 million match.

Having hit a ninth birdie on the 18th gap to signal for a flawless 63, the 25-year-old Thai had a nervous wait within the clubhouse earlier than her eleventh LPGA title was confirmed as a thunderstorm pressured a one-hour suspension of play.

Atthaya, who had led by a shot with two holes to play, was the one one of many six gamers nonetheless on the course who might nonetheless catch Ariya — a shot off the lead together with her spherical paused on the 18th fairway.

After play resumed on the Siam Nation Membership, nevertheless, {the teenager} was solely in a position to par the 18th for a 68 to fall one stroke in need of Ariya’s tally of 22-under 266.

Former world No. 1 Ariya, who made her debut on the match as an 11-year-old newbie in 2007, shed tears of pleasure as she turned the primary Thai to win the title.

“I have been ready for thus lengthy and eventually I received it so I am actually pleased with myself,” the twice main winner stated after celebrating together with her sister and fellow professional Moriya.

“All the time very completely satisfied to be right here.”

Atthaya, 18, had appeared on target for a maiden LPGA title till she three-putted the seventeenth for her solely bogey simply as Ariya was firing a superb five-iron into the 18th inexperienced to present herself a putt for an eagle.

Ariya needed to accept a birdie but it surely proved simply sufficient for victory at a match the place in 2013 she triple-bogeyed the final gap to blow a two-stroke lead and hand Inbee Park the title.

South Koreans Ryu So-yeon and three-times match champion Amy Yang each shot fourth spherical 64s to share third place with American Angel Yin (66) and in a single day chief Patty Tavatanakit (70) on 20-under.

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