Ariya Jutanugarn Becomes Thailand’s First Major Winner

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Ariya Jutanugarn Becomes Thailand’s First Major Winner
Ariya Jutanugarn Becomes Thailand’s First Major Winner

Twenty-year-old Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn made history when she became the first ever Thai golfer, man or woman, to win a major title at the 2016 Women’s British Open Golf Championships at Woburn Golf Club in England.

The Thai golfer held off the challenge of Mirim Lee to win by three shots. The 20-year-old had a two-stroke lead over South Korea’s Lee going into the final day and started strongly to lead by five shots after nine holes. A double-bogey at the 13th threatened Jutanugarn’s chances as her rival closed to within one shot. But a birdie at 17 and an untroubled par at the last secured the title. Ariya was showered with water and champagne from sister Moriya and friends when she holed the final putt, and the first hug was from her Mum, Narumon. What did she say to her daughter? “I don’t know. She just cried,” said the new champion. “She then said ‘thank you’, and that made my day. “For me it was hard today. I felt a little bit nervous at times. I think this victory is really important for me and Thai golf. I hope I can inspire some players in Thailand.” …..BBC

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