Ariya Jutanugarn Wins 2016 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic (WOO HOO!!!!)

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

Thank you, Ariya Jutanugarn. Thank you for giving me the privilege and ineffable joy of watching the first LPGA win for a player representing Thailand. I admit, I cried. This day has been nearly 20 years in the making for me. I’ve been an LPGA fan since Se Ri Pak and Jenny Chuasiriporn battled it out for the 1998 US Women’s Open. Chuasiriporn is an American of Thai heritage. I am an American of half-Thai heritage. My mother (and my stepmother) are Thai. Back then, I thought it would be great one day to see a Thai woman win an LPGA event. Well, let me clarify that statement. Stacy Prammanasudh is an American of half-Thai heritage. So to me she is American and Thai. She has 2 LPGA victories. What I meant was a player representing Thailand. Further clarification, I meant an official LPGA event. Pornanong Phatlum won the 2012 HSBC Brazil Cup, but it was an unofficial event. Ariya Jutanugarn finally made my deepest LPGA wish come true with a 1-shot 14-under victory at the 2016 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

I stopped watching LPGA events after the final round of the 2016 ANA Inspiration. So great was my wish not just for a Thai player to win, but specifically Ariya to win, that it just crushed me to see her blow a 2-shot lead with 3 holes to play. This was after seeing her implode at the 2013 Honda Thailand event with a 2-shot lead on the final hole, triple bogeying. Not only did I stop watching LPGA events after ANA, I couldn’t even go to any online forums where they talked about the LPGA. I would still DVR the events in the event a Thai player won. But I’d erase them as soon as I checked a leaderboard when it was over. It was only when flipping through twitter when I saw an official LPGA tweet Saturday that Ariya Jutanugarn was on fire (they used fire emojis). So I watched that recording and decided to give it another go on Sunday. Admittedly I feared heartbreak again. Let me be clear, I root for lots of favorites from lots of countries. But May getting so close multiple times was more than I could bear.

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

Early on, it looked like another come from ahead loss was imminent as Amy Yang came out en fuego, eventually tying May for the lead. However, Yang would stumble coming home. Still, players like Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel and Minjee Lee were all chasing Ariya down. Jutanugarn would have to earn this one. She hit some shaky shots on the back 9, including one that nearly went into a hazard…luckily it stayed out. Ultimately, she needed to convert a tough up and down on 18 for par to maintain a 1 shot lead and victory. May admitted her arms and legs were shaking the last 3 holes. That might be true, but the short putt for par was strong and steady, finding the bottom of the cup.

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

There are a lot of Thai players on the LPGA right now, including the 2013 Rookie of the Year (and Jutanugarn sister), Moriya Jutanugarn. I would have taken a win by any of them as the first Thai victory. In years past, I would have been ecstatic about wins from former LPGA players like Virada Nirapathpongporn or Russamee Gulyanamitta. In some ways, it’s fitting that May gets the first win. Those other players are good. Pornanong Phatlum is very good. Moriya might be, too. Ariya Jutanugarn, or May if you will, is special. She is capable of multiple wins…of Major wins. She is bursting with talent in a way that surpasses any Thai LPGA player before her. How far she goes, barring injury, is in her head. If she can handle the nerves, this won’t be the last title she wins.

 

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1 ARIYA JUTANUGARN (-14)

with Ryann O’Toole

 

T2 MORGAN PRESSEL (-13)

 

T2 AMY YANG (-13)

 

T2 STACY LEWIS (-13)

 

5 CAROLINE HEDWALL (-12)

 

LEADERBOARD

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Ariya Jutanugarn 70 69 63 72 E -14 274 $195,000
T2 Amy Yang 71 68 69 67 -5 -13 275 $91,733
T2 Stacy Lewis 71 68 68 68 -4 -13 275 $91,733
T2 Morgan Pressel 69 68 70 68 -4 -13 275 $91,733
5 Caroline Hedwall 75 65 68 68 -4 -12 276 $54,362
T6 Candie Kung 69 72 70 66 -6 -11 277 $35,912
T6 Hee Young Park 71 70 69 67 -5 -11 277 $35,912
T6 Minjee Lee 67 70 68 72 E -11 277 $35,912
T6 Ryann O’Toole 70 67 68 72 E -11 277 $35,912
T10 Brittany Lang 71 70 70 67 -5 -10 278 $24,819
T10 Gerina Piller 71 68 69 70 -2 -10 278 $24,819
T10 So Yeon Ryu 70 65 71 72 E -10 278 $24,819
T13 Carlota Ciganda 74 72 68 65 -7 -9 279 $20,953
T13 Pornanong Phatlum 75 65 70 69 -3 -9 279 $20,953
T15 Sarah Jane Smith 70 70 70 70 -2 -8 280 $17,659
T15 Cydney Clanton 71 71 68 70 -2 -8 280 $17,659
T15 Jing Yan 73 68 69 70 -2 -8 280 $17,659
T15 Laetitia Beck 65 73 70 72 E -8 280 $17,659
T19 Lindy Duncan 75 69 70 67 -5 -7 281 $15,155
T19 Anna Nordqvist 75 66 71 69 -3 -7 281 $15,155
T19 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 73 69 70 69 -3 -7 281 $15,155
T22 Min Lee 72 72 68 71 -1 -5 283 $12,614
T22 Alena Sharp 73 67 71 72 E -5 283 $12,614
T22 Haru Nomura 72 71 68 72 E -5 283 $12,614
T22 Mi Hyang Lee 75 68 73 67 -5 -5 283 $12,614
T22 Brittany Lincicome 72 67 71 73 +1 -5 283 $12,614
T22 Caroline Masson 70 68 71 74 +2 -5 283 $12,614
T22 Brittany Altomare 73 69 66 75 +3 -5 283 $12,614
T29 Jennifer Johnson 71 71 71 71 -1 -4 284 $10,147
T29 Paula Reto 71 68 74 71 -1 -4 284 $10,147
T29 Brooke Henderson 72 73 68 71 -1 -4 284 $10,147
T29 Vicky Hurst 69 73 73 69 -3 -4 284 $10,147
T33 Q Baek 71 74 69 71 -1 -3 285 $7,805
T33 Simin Feng 72 70 72 71 -1 -3 285 $7,805
T33 Tiffany Joh 73 69 71 72 E -3 285 $7,805
T33 Marina Alex 75 70 70 70 -2 -3 285 $7,805
T33 Nontaya Srisawang 74 72 69 70 -2 -3 285 $7,805
T33 Ayako Uehara 72 69 71 73 +1 -3 285 $7,805
T33 Sandra Gal 71 73 68 73 +1 -3 285 $7,805
T33 Gaby Lopez 73 72 70 70 -2 -3 285 $7,805
T33 Hyo Joo Kim 71 68 71 75 +3 -3 285 $7,805
T42 Annie Park 67 71 75 73 +1 -2 286 $6,062
T42 Michelle Wie 71 72 70 73 +1 -2 286 $6,062
T42 Haeji Kang 76 69 68 73 +1 -2 286 $6,062
T45 Rachel Rohanna 74 69 71 73 +1 -1 287 $4,777
T45 Ashleigh Simon 73 69 72 73 +1 -1 287 $4,777
T45 Alejandra Llaneza 68 73 73 73 +1 -1 287 $4,777
T45 Samantha Richdale 72 73 70 72 E -1 287 $4,777
T45 Austin Ernst 73 69 73 72 E -1 287 $4,777
T45 Su-Hyun Oh 77 67 68 75 +3 -1 287 $4,777
T45 Christina Kim 70 73 73 71 -1 -1 287 $4,777
T45 Ai Miyazato 70 74 72 71 -1 -1 287 $4,777
T45 Perrine Delacour 70 70 76 71 -1 -1 287 $4,777
T45 Lee-Anne Pace 71 74 73 69 -3 -1 287 $4,777
T55 Cheyenne Woods 70 75 72 71 -1 E 288 $3,887
T55 Chella Choi 70 74 74 70 -2 E 288 $3,887
T57 Alison Walshe 74 71 70 74 +2 +1 289 $3,558
T57 Beatriz Recari 71 71 74 73 +1 +1 289 $3,558
T57 Karrie Webb 72 73 73 71 -1 +1 289 $3,558
T60 Heather Bowie Young 73 68 74 75 +3 +2 290 $3,229
T60 Sakura Yokomine 73 73 70 74 +2 +2 290 $3,229
T60 Katie Burnett 79 67 72 72 E +2 290 $3,229
T63 Moriya Jutanugarn 72 74 70 75 +3 +3 291 $2,998
T63 Joanna Klatten 71 73 73 74 +2 +3 291 $2,998
T63 Jessica Korda 73 71 74 73 +1 +3 291 $2,998
T63 Jane Rah 78 67 75 71 -1 +3 291 $2,998
67 Cyna Marie Rodriguez 73 73 72 74 +2 +4 292 $2,834
68 Asako Fujimoto 73 71 71 78 +6 +5 293 $2,767
T69 Dewi Claire Schreefel 75 71 71 77 +5 +6 294 $2,669
T69 Christel Boeljon 71 74 75 74 +2 +6 294 $2,669
71 Christine Song 71 72 75 79 +7 +9 297 $2,603
T72 Karlin Beck 74 73 MC MC 147
T72 Dori Carter 75 72 MC MC 147
T72 Hannah Collier 73 74 MC MC 147
T72 Natalie Gulbis 73 74 MC MC 147
T72 Kim Kaufman 74 73 MC MC 147
T72 Stephanie Kono 70 77 MC MC 147
T72 Briana Mao 77 70 MC MC 147
T72 Stephanie Meadow 75 72 MC MC 147
T72 Sadena Parks 74 73 MC MC 147
T72 Marion Ricordeau 74 73 MC MC 147
T72 Bertine Strauss 75 72 MC MC 147
T72 Caroline Westrup 75 72 MC MC 147
T84 Ssu-Chia Cheng 76 72 MC MC 148
T84 Julieta Granada 74 74 MC MC 148
T84 Mina Harigae 73 75 MC MC 148
T84 Mi Jung Hur 70 78 MC MC 148
T84 Karine Icher 74 74 MC MC 148
T84 P.K. Kongkraphan 74 74 MC MC 148
T84 Amelia Lewis 76 72 MC MC 148
T84 Catriona Matthew 75 73 MC MC 148
T84 Kristy McPherson 73 75 MC MC 148
T84 Giulia Molinaro 75 73 MC MC 148
T84 Ji Young Oh 75 73 MC MC 148
T84 Angela Stanford 75 73 MC MC 148
T84 Anne-Catherine Tanguay 76 72 MC MC 148
T84 Yani Tseng 77 71 MC MC 148
T98 Charley Hull 73 76 MC MC 149
T98 Min Seo Kwak 75 74 MC MC 149
T98 Benyapa Niphatsophon 74 75 MC MC 149
T101 Jacqui Concolino 77 73 MC MC 150
T101 Katherine Kirk 77 73 MC MC 150
T101 Giulia Sergas 78 72 MC MC 150
T104 Sandra Changkija 77 74 MC MC 151
T104 Victoria Elizabeth 76 75 MC MC 151
T104 Lisa Ferrero 70 81 MC MC 151
T104 Jaye Marie Green 75 76 MC MC 151
T104 Nannette Hill 78 73 MC MC 151
T104 Wei-Ling Hsu 77 74 MC MC 151
T104 Megan Khang 81 70 MC MC 151
T104 SooBin Kim 75 76 MC MC 151
T104 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 76 75 MC MC 151
T104 Ilhee Lee 76 75 MC MC 151
T104 Lee Lopez 76 75 MC MC 151
T115 Chirapat Jao-Javanil 74 78 MC MC 152
T115 Prima Thammaraks 78 74 MC MC 152
T115 Pannarat Thanapolboonyar 79 73 MC MC 152
T115 Mariajo Uribe 76 76 MC MC 152
T115 Julie Yang 79 73 MC MC 152
T120 Paz Echeverria 80 73 MC MC 153
T120 Casey Grice 74 79 MC MC 153
T120 Dani Holmqvist 76 77 MC MC 153
T120 Amy Hung 78 75 MC MC 153
T120 Daniela Iacobelli 78 75 MC MC 153
T120 Sydnee Michaels 75 78 MC MC 153
T120 Grace Na 78 75 MC MC 153
T120 Kelly Shon 80 73 MC MC 153
T120 Thidapa Suwannapura 77 76 MC MC 153
T120 Kris Tamulis 76 77 MC MC 153
T130 Brianna Do 76 78 MC MC 154
T130 Nicole Jeray 73 81 MC MC 154
T130 Felicity Johnson 75 79 MC MC 154
T130 Ashlan Ramsey 80 74 MC MC 154
T130 Budsabakorn Sukapan 75 79 MC MC 154
T135 Jaclyn Jansen 76 79 MC MC 155
T135 Maria McBride 80 75 MC MC 155
T135 Kelly Tan 78 77 MC MC 155
T135 Jiayi Zhou 77 78 MC MC 155
139 Belen Mozo 78 78 MC MC 156
T140 Celine Herbin 81 77 MC MC 158
T140 Demi Runas 80 78 MC MC 158
142 Ginger Howard 83 76 MC MC 159
143 Hanule Seo 79 81 MC MC 160
144 Danielle Kang 75 71 WD WD 146

3 thoughts on “Ariya Jutanugarn Wins 2016 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic (WOO HOO!!!!)

  1. Ariya was leaking oil a bit on the final 2 holes, but great up and down on 18 to secure the win. And nice to see her competitors, even Stacy, give her a well deserved hug after her victory.

    • I think many of them know what everybody knows, that Ariya has collapsed in the past. It seems they genuinely felt for her. Lots of congratulations came across on Twitter and Instagram as well from players like Lydia Ko and Danielle Kang, to name just a few.

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