News about Ariya Jutanugarn 2017
Solid Play Continues
30 May 2017
Ariya has played very well in the month of May. Last year at this time she was wrapping up her third consecutive victory. Although no wins this year, she finished April with a T9 finish at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, started May by finishing second at the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play, and added another two finishes inside the top 21.
At the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this past weekend, Ariya shot a second round 66 (-6) to put herself into contention heading into the weekend. She followed that up with a 4 under par 68 on Saturday, putting herself in a good position to win the tournament. After the round Saturday Ariya told Amy Rogers of LPGA.com that she was putting really well. This is a great sign for Jutanugarn moving forward, with major championships coming up quickly, starting with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the end of June.
Jutanugarn, along with So Yeon Ryu, are closing in on Lydia Ko for the top spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. If Jutanugarn would have finished inside the top 3 and Ryu outside the top 4, Ariya would have taken over the number 1 ranking. Neither player finished inside the top 20, as Ko remains world number 1, but Jutanugarn did move up one spot to number 2 in the world rankings.
With her solid play things are looking positive for Ariya. If her confidence with the putter continues to grow, expect her back in the winner’s circle soon.
A Win is Near
25 April 2017
Ariya has played very well in the eight tournaments she has played in this season. In those eight events Jutanugarn has six top tens. She also has a tie for 3rd and two runner up finishes. Her worst finish is a tie for 47th and that was the season’s first tournament. Since then Ariya has been playing at a high level, getting closer and closer to a victory. According to LPGA.com, so far this season she is 9th in scoring average, and 1st in birdies. These statistics show she is playing well enough to win, but also shows the high level the rest of the tour is playing at.
Jutanugarn has also reunited with caddie Les Luark. Luark caddied for Ariya through the very bad, (10 missed cuts in a row in 2015) and the very good, (3 wins in a row in May 2016.) A disagreement caused them to part ways last summer. After the fourth event of this season Jutanugarn decided to give Luark another chance, and the two seem to have found common ground. The familiarity and the level of comfort are surely positives for Ariya moving forward the rest of this season.
Ariya’s game is showing she is ready for a win. Maybe multiple wins. The month of May is right around the corner, and we all know what happened last year. (As I mentioned before, she swept the LPGA tournaments in May 2016.) Her confidence appears to be there, and she is making lots of birdies. I would not be surprised if we saw an Ariya win, and maybe even another winning streak, in the near future.
Ariya had a busy off-season that did not include very much golf. After the CME Group Tour Championship, she spent 2 weeks doing sponsor obligations back home in Thailand, then finally got to rest after a busy 2016. She was able to have a little vacation time with her sister, Moriya Jutanugarn, before returning to the states and getting back to playing golf after the start of the New Year. Henderson and Jutanugarn Enjoy Off-Season, Prep For 2017
Respected golf writer, Amy Rogers, explains why confidence is the key to Ariya’s success CONFIDENCE KEY FOR ARIYA JUTANUGARN IN 2017
About Ariya Jutanugarn
Ariya Jutanugarn (Turning 22 in November 2017) is a professional golfer from Thailand. Ariya had a breakout year in 2016 winning 5 times on the LPGA tour, including all 3 tournaments in May, becoming the first player in LPGA history to win her first 3 tournaments consecutively. She went on to win two more tournaments in 2016 including the Women’s British Open, becoming the first Thai player, male or female, to win a major championship. She is the current No. 2 golfer. Source: Wikipedia
Ariya Jutanugarn in 2016 (Source: LPGA)
28 events, 27 cuts made, $2,550,947
1st on the money list
Five victories, including her first major championship at the Women’s British Open with an additional 11 top-ten finishes and one runner-up. Ariya became the second player to win the Race to the CME Globe, Rolex Player of the Year, and the LPGA Official Money Title in the same season, joining Lydia Ko (2015)
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