Jutanugarn storms to LPGA win in Thailand
Ariya Jutanugarn has finally got her hands on the Honda LPGA Thailand title after 14 years of trying, beating teenage compatriot Atthaya Thitikul by one stroke in a dramatic finish.
Having hit a ninth birdie at the 18th hole to sign for a flawless nine under 63, the 25-year-old Thai had a nervous wait in the clubhouse before her 11th LPGA title was confirmed as a thunderstorm forced a one-hour suspension of play.
Thitikul, who had led by a shot with two holes to play, was the only one of the six players still on the course who could still catch former world No.1 Jutanugarn -- a shot off the lead with her round paused on the 18th fairway.
After play resumed at the Siam Country Club, however, the 18-year-old was only able to par the 18th for a 68 to fall one stroke short of Jutanugarn's tally of 22-under 266.
Jutanugarn, who made her debut at the tournament as an 11-year-old amateur in 2007, shed tears of joy as she became the first Thai to win the title.
"I've been waiting for so long and finally I got it so I'm really proud of myself," the twice major winner said after celebrating with her sister and fellow pro Moriya.
South Koreans So-Yeon Ryu and three-times tournament champion Amy Yang both shot fourth round 64s to share third place with American Angel Yin (66) and overnight leader Patty Tavatanakit (70) on 20-under.
Australia's world No.13 Hannah Green continued her good form, shooting a 68 to tie seventh at 19 under par a week after her second placing in Singapore, which followed a tie for third at the LA Open.
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