February 15, 2019

GOLF Story
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: May 29, 2016 07:21:20 PM

Jutanugarn claims third consecutive victory

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand won her third straight LPGA tournament, firing a 5-under par 67 in Sunday's final round to finish at 15-under 273 and claim victory at the inaugural Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The 20-year-old is the first player ever to win her first three LPGA events. Inbee Park of South Korea was the last player on tour to capture three consecutive wins in 2013.
"I (got) a little bit excited before this round," Jutanugarn said, "but (on the) back nine I just (felt) like I'm going to do what's under my control."
Christina Kim finished in sole second with a 278 after a final-round 1-under 71, which included four birdies and three bogeys.
Brooke Henderson of Canada (68) and Jessica Korda (72) finished tied for third at 279.
Jutanugarn became the first Thai player to win on tour at the Yokohama Tire Classic on May 8 in Alabama and followed it up with her second win at last week's Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.
Jutanugarn -- who is 43-under over her last 12 rounds -- opened 65-68 at the 6,709-yard course at Travis Pointe Country Club before stumbling to a 1-over 73 in Saturday's round. She birdied four of her final six holes Sunday and had five overall on the day.
After last week's win, Jutanugarn jumped eight spots to No. 13 in the women's world golf rankings. She is projected to move to No. 10 this week.
She took home the $195,00 winner's share of the $1.3 million purse on Sunday.
"Right now, I have my goal; I really want to win my first major," Jutanugarn said of the upcoming Women's PGA Championship in Washington.
Jutanugarn will not compete in next week's ShopRight Classic in New Jersey.
Belen Mozo of Spain (70) came in fifth with a final-round 70.
Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under 67 in the final round and finished in a four-way tie for sixth place with Azahara Munoz (69) of Spain, Marina Alex (71) and Hyo Joo Kim (72) of South Korea at 281.
Angela Stanford (69) rounded out the top 10 with a 282.
Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand had the day's best round at 7-under 65, carding eight birdies after opening with a par and bogeying No. 2. She finished tied for 26th at 286

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