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Thailand’s Ariya seeks major, top ranking at Women’s PGA

GOLF: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn chases her second consecutive major title and the world number one ranking when the Women’s PGA Championship begins today (June 28) at Kemper Lakes in suburban Chicago.


Thursday 28 June 2018, 11:52AM

Ariya Jutanugarn plays a shot on the first hole during the third round of the 2018 US Women’s Open at Shoal Creek on June 2. Photo: Drew Hallowell / AFP

Ariya Jutanugarn plays a shot on the first hole during the third round of the 2018 US Women’s Open at Shoal Creek on June 2. Photo: Drew Hallowell / AFP

The 22-year-old from Bangkok, whose first major win came at the 2016 Women’s British Open, is among the favourites at the year’s third major after winning the US Women’s Open earlier this month.

“The main key for me this year is I never think about the outcome,” Ariya said. “When I think about the outcome, it doesn’t really help me to be a better golfer because I start to get worried. I start to think about the things I can’t control.

“I want to be a happy golfer. I want to really enjoy myself with every moment in my life. I just bring it back to the golf course, and I think that’s working pretty good for me.”

Ariya leads the LPGA this season in prize money, scoring average, putting and birdies. She has been par or lower in 19 of her past 20 rounds with 10 top-10 finishes this season, including wins at Kingsmill and the Women’s Open.

But that success makes it awfully hard not to think about outcomes.

“Everybody keeps thinking about the outcome and talking about how good you are,” Ariya said. “Especially right now, lots of people keep talking about that, so I have to be able to ignore that because my goal is not only to finish top 10 but I want to improve myself every day.”

Ariya would surpass $2 million (B66.11mn) in season prize money with a victory this week. She’s already on pace to become the first woman to win $3mn (B99.16mn) in a season.

She has moved on from a seven-stroke collapse in the final round of the US Women’s Open, which she won in a play-off over Kim Hyo-joo after her epic back-nine slide.

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A talk with coaches Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott helped Ariya’s perspective.

“After my Sunday, I feel bad. I don’t know what’s going on, why I have to have like a seven-shot lead and have to go to play-off,” Ariya said.

“So I didn’t feel good about that and I talked to them, I feel really proud of myself because like I still fight all the way to finish. Even though I have really poor back nine, my play-off I fight every shot and I learned a lot. If I won by five strokes, I’m not going to learn anything.”

Ariya, who plays the first two rounds alongside top-ranked Park In-bee of South Korea and US defending champion Danielle Kang, has the best chance of four players who could dethrone Park from atop the rankings this weekend.

Ariya and third-ranked American Lexi Thompson need to finish first or second to have a chance while China’s Feng Shanshan and South Korean Ryu So-yeon must win to have any chance at ousting Park, a three-time Women’s PGA winner.

“I’ve been playing some great golf, very consistent,” Thompson said. “So it’s all a matter of everything just falling together for me.”

Thompson, who plays alongside New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and Ryu the first two days, shared fifth at the US Women’s Open and third last week while Ryu comes off a win two weeks ago at the LPGA Meijer Classic.



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