Ariya Jutanugarn Wins 2016 Kingsmill Championship For Back To Back LPGA Victories

Ariya Jutanguarn (click to enlarge)

Well, that was quick. It took a long time for the first official LPGA winner representing Thailand to be crowned. It only took until the following tournament for the next coronation. Second verse, same as the first. Ariya Jutanugarn made it back to back titles with a 14-under 1 shot victory at the 2016 Kingsmill Championship. This is right on the heels of her win at the last scheduled LPGA event, the 2016 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. After May won Yokohama, I wasn’t expecting a flood of wins to follow. In fact, after going back to Thailand in the LPGA’s off week prior to Kingsmill, I thought all the celebrations and honors might take a little something out of her. I wouldn’t have been shocked to see her miss the cut in Williamsburg. Both of Jutanugarn’s wins were impressive, particularly overcoming a few squirrely shots down the stretch. There were fewer of them this week than two weeks ago, but she did spray an approach shot on 18 to the far right front fringe of the green that had me sweating a bit. May got it up and down (with a lofted wedge on the first shot) to seal the deal. That was certainly a lot better than a missed cut!

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

The question is what are the expectations now for Ariya Jutanugarn. After Yokohama, I was conservative in what I envisioned for May, a top 10 Race to the CME Globe finish being satisfactory to me. That’s out the window now. Back to back wins turns up the pressure. But as sports pioneer Billie Jean King would say, pressure is a privilege. If nobody expects anything from you, it’s probably because you haven’t given them a reason. May turning her potential into titles is why much will be looked for from her going forward. That said, keep in mind the competition out there. Lydia Ko is the best in the world and has back to back wins this year. There are two other players, Haru Nomura and Ha-Na Jang, who have also notched their first two career LPGA wins this year. Don’t expect the field to genuflect before Ariya. They’re coming for their own glory.

In-Gee Chun (click to enlarge)

Speaking of the field, top 10s were good for a couple of my favorites, Seoul Sisters In-Gee Chun and So-Yeon Ryu. However, it should have been better. Ryu is so talented, but is getting a reputation for faltering late in tournaments. In the same way that I worried about Jutanugarn getting over her mental block, I am concerned that the longer Ryu goes the greater the obstacle becomes. But also like May, I think if she can break through for her fourth LPGA win, more wins could quickly follow. I am less worried about In-Gee. It’s just a matter of time before Dumbo wins again. And again. And again. It was a fantastic showing for Australia’s Su Oh. In the past, Jutanugarn probably falters down the stretch and hands the 19-year old Oh the victory. Not this time. Su Oh will have her day in the winner’s circle…it will just be another day.

 

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1 ARIYA JUTANUGARN (-14)

 

2 SU OH (-13)

 

T3 SEI-YOUNG KIM (-12)

 

T3 GERINA PILLER (-12)

 

T5 PORNANONG PHATLUM (-10)

 

T5 LEXI THOMPSON (-10)

 

Sorry, missing pictures for Mi-Jung Hur, one of my favorites.

 

LEADERBOARD

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Ariya Jutanugarn 69 69 65 67 -4 -14 270 $195,000
2 Su-Hyun Oh 69 70 67 65 -6 -13 271 $119,198
T3 Sei Young Kim 67 72 67 66 -5 -12 272 $76,680
T3 Gerina Piller 67 71 68 66 -5 -12 272 $76,680
T5 Mi Jung Hur 69 71 70 64 -7 -10 274 $44,921
T5 Lexi Thompson 72 69 67 66 -5 -10 274 $44,921
T5 Pornanong Phatlum 67 72 65 70 -1 -10 274 $44,921
T8 Anna Nordqvist 70 70 69 66 -5 -9 275 $30,673
T8 Brittany Lincicome 66 73 69 67 -4 -9 275 $30,673
T10 Caroline Masson 67 70 71 68 -3 -8 276 $23,049
T10 Jessica Korda 69 68 70 69 -2 -8 276 $23,049
T10 Minjee Lee 66 71 68 71 E -8 276 $23,049
T10 So Yeon Ryu 71 64 69 72 +1 -8 276 $23,049
T10 In Gee Chun 73 69 62 72 +1 -8 276 $23,049
T15 Mo Martin 70 69 70 68 -3 -7 277 $17,925
T15 Amelia Lewis 69 68 71 69 -2 -7 277 $17,925
T15 Mika Miyazato 65 71 70 71 E -7 277 $17,925
T18 Austin Ernst 68 71 71 68 -3 -6 278 $14,771
T18 Brittany Altomare 71 72 67 68 -3 -6 278 $14,771
T18 Lydia Ko 73 68 68 69 -2 -6 278 $14,771
T18 Chella Choi 68 74 65 71 E -6 278 $14,771
T18 Cristie Kerr 68 74 64 72 +1 -6 278 $14,771
T18 Laetitia Beck 67 72 66 73 +2 -6 278 $14,771
T24 Hyo Joo Kim 70 72 70 67 -4 -5 279 $12,693
T24 Sakura Yokomine 71 69 69 70 -1 -5 279 $12,693
T26 Karrie Webb 73 67 70 70 -1 -4 280 $10,898
T26 Brooke Henderson 70 71 71 68 -3 -4 280 $10,898
T26 Kelly Shon 73 70 70 67 -4 -4 280 $10,898
T26 Hee Young Park 72 69 67 72 +1 -4 280 $10,898
T26 Stacy Lewis 70 66 70 74 +3 -4 280 $10,898
T26 Amy Yang 69 67 69 75 +4 -4 280 $10,898
T32 Sandra Changkija 71 69 70 71 E -3 281 $8,214
T32 Suzann Pettersen 71 70 69 71 E -3 281 $8,214
T32 Ayako Uehara 69 74 67 71 E -3 281 $8,214
T32 Jenny Shin 74 69 67 71 E -3 281 $8,214
T32 Sandra Gal 67 73 69 72 +1 -3 281 $8,214
T32 Kim Kaufman 71 70 71 69 -2 -3 281 $8,214
T32 Ryann O’Toole 69 69 74 69 -2 -3 281 $8,214
T32 Alejandra Llaneza 70 69 67 75 +4 -3 281 $8,214
T40 Lindy Duncan 72 68 70 72 +1 -2 282 $6,145
T40 Beatriz Recari 71 72 69 70 -1 -2 282 $6,145
T40 Moriya Jutanugarn 67 72 70 73 +2 -2 282 $6,145
T40 Mirim Lee 72 69 68 73 +2 -2 282 $6,145
T40 Marina Alex 72 69 67 74 +3 -2 282 $6,145
T40 Tiffany Joh 68 70 69 75 +4 -2 282 $6,145
T46 Perrine Delacour 73 67 71 72 +1 -1 283 $4,959
T46 I.K. Kim 70 71 70 72 +1 -1 283 $4,959
T46 Katie Burnett 72 71 69 71 E -1 283 $4,959
T46 Azahara Munoz 69 71 69 74 +3 -1 283 $4,959
T46 Ai Miyazato 72 71 70 70 -1 -1 283 $4,959
T51 Christine Song 71 71 70 72 +1 E 284 $4,307
T51 Brittany Lang 69 74 70 71 E E 284 $4,307
T51 Lee-Anne Pace 73 67 73 71 E E 284 $4,307
T54 Laura Davies 72 68 72 73 +2 +1 285 $3,850
T54 Lizette Salas 69 71 72 73 +2 +1 285 $3,850
T54 Felicity Johnson 68 70 74 73 +2 +1 285 $3,850
T54 Na Yeon Choi 72 70 71 72 +1 +1 285 $3,850
T58 Ji Young Oh 71 71 70 74 +3 +2 286 $3,226
T58 Haru Nomura 72 69 71 74 +3 +2 286 $3,226
T58 Jennifer Johnson 71 70 71 74 +3 +2 286 $3,226
T58 Candie Kung 74 68 72 72 +1 +2 286 $3,226
T58 Sydnee Michaels 71 72 71 72 +1 +2 286 $3,226
T58 Amy Anderson 70 70 74 72 +1 +2 286 $3,226
T58 Morgan Pressel 71 71 75 69 -2 +2 286 $3,226
T65 Lee Lopez 70 72 71 74 +3 +3 287 $2,904
T65 Christina Kim 71 71 72 73 +2 +3 287 $2,904
T67 Megan Khang 69 73 72 74 +3 +4 288 $2,774
T67 Mariajo Uribe 71 70 78 69 -2 +4 288 $2,774
T69 Jennifer Song 67 74 71 77 +6 +5 289 $2,602
T69 Kelly Tan 73 69 71 76 +5 +5 289 $2,602
T69 Simin Feng 71 70 72 76 +5 +5 289 $2,602
T69 Joanna Klatten 70 73 73 73 +2 +5 289 $2,602
73 Sarah Jane Smith 71 71 73 75 +4 +6 290 $2,512
74 Demi Runas 74 67 73 77 +6 +7 291 $2,480
75 Mina Harigae 73 70 76 73 +2 +8 292 $2,450
76 Meena Lee 68 72 75 80 +9 +11 295 $2,419
T77 Holly Clyburn 76 68 MC MC 144
T77 Min Seo Kwak 74 70 MC MC 144
T77 Xi Yu Lin 75 69 MC MC 144
T77 Pernilla Lindberg 71 73 MC MC 144
T77 Paula Reto 72 72 MC MC 144
T77 Nontaya Srisawang 73 71 MC MC 144
T77 Budsabakorn Sukapan 72 72 MC MC 144
T77 Pannarat Thanapolboonyar 72 72 MC MC 144
T77 Alison Walshe 73 71 MC MC 144
T86 Dani Holmqvist 73 72 MC MC 145
T86 Vicky Hurst 68 77 MC MC 145
T86 Daniela Iacobelli 74 71 MC MC 145
T86 Juli Inkster 73 72 MC MC 145
T86 Sarah Kemp 71 74 MC MC 145
T86 SooBin Kim 71 74 MC MC 145
T86 Maria McBride 73 72 MC MC 145
T86 Angela Stanford 75 70 MC MC 145
T86 Julie Yang 71 74 MC MC 145
T95 Carlota Ciganda 71 75 MC MC 146
T95 Paula Creamer 73 73 MC MC 146
T95 Brianna Do 74 72 MC MC 146
T95 Min Lee 71 75 MC MC 146
T95 Giulia Molinaro 72 74 MC MC 146
T95 Annie Park 73 73 MC MC 146
T95 Yani Tseng 71 75 MC MC 146
T102 Lisa Ferrero 75 72 MC MC 147
T102 Se Ri Pak 74 73 MC MC 147
T102 Marion Ricordeau 71 76 MC MC 147
T102 Jing Yan 73 74 MC MC 147
T106 Cydney Clanton 75 73 MC MC 148
T106 Casey Grice 77 71 MC MC 148
T106 Natalie Gulbis 74 74 MC MC 148
T106 Wei-Ling Hsu 72 76 MC MC 148
T106 P.K. Kongkraphan 76 72 MC MC 148
T106 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 74 74 MC MC 148
T106 Benyapa Niphatsophon 75 73 MC MC 148
T106 Jane Rah 74 74 MC MC 148
T106 Cyna Marie Rodriguez 74 74 MC MC 148
T106 Bertine Strauss 74 74 MC MC 148
T106 Cheyenne Woods 76 72 MC MC 148
T106 Sun Young Yoo 75 73 MC MC 148
T118 Ssu-Chia Cheng 75 74 MC MC 149
T118 Jacqui Concolino 74 75 MC MC 149
T118 Julieta Granada 74 75 MC MC 149
T118 Celine Herbin 73 76 MC MC 149
T118 Haeji Kang 76 73 MC MC 149
T118 Katherine Kirk 77 72 MC MC 149
T118 Belen Mozo 73 76 MC MC 149
T118 Sadena Parks 75 74 MC MC 149
T118 Samantha Richdale 76 73 MC MC 149
T118 Rachel Rohanna 75 74 MC MC 149
T118 Britney Yada 76 73 MC MC 149
129 Michelle Wie 72 78 MC MC 150
T130 Dori Carter 78 73 MC MC 151
T130 Giulia Sergas 79 72 MC MC 151
T132 Nannette Hill 75 77 MC MC 152
T132 Stephanie Kono 76 76 MC MC 152
T132 Ashlan Ramsey 75 77 MC MC 152
T135 Jaye Marie Green 77 76 MC MC 153
T135 Eun-Hee Ji 81 72 MC MC 153
T135 Becky Morgan 74 79 MC MC 153
T135 Kris Tamulis 76 77 MC MC 153
139 Grace Na 78 77 MC MC 155
140 Lauren Greenlief 82 75 MC MC 157
T141 Emee Herbert 78 82 MC MC 160
T141 Briana Mao 81 79 MC MC 160
143 Alison Lee 79 83 MC MC 162
144 Inbee Park 74 WD WD WD 74

2 thoughts on “Ariya Jutanugarn Wins 2016 Kingsmill Championship For Back To Back LPGA Victories

  1. Well Bobby, figure you were doing handstands and backflips with Ariya winning again. She made some tester 4 foot putts with ease down the stretch. The horizon is looking good for golf in Thailand. Phatlum was in contention as well.

    • All I ever wanted for Ariya was at least one win. To get another in her very next tournament is an unexpected blessing🙂

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