Thailand’s Porani Chutichai Wins 2016 Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament

Porani Chutichai (click to enlarge)

Ummm, does anybody have the address for the Golf Gods? I need to send them a nice premium fruit basket and some Godiva chocolates. A couple of months ago, I thought they had forsaken me. After Ariya Jutanugarn lost a lead at the 2016 ANA Inspiration, an LPGA Major, I thought I might never see a Thai player win on the biggest women’s golf tour in the world. Why dost thou smite me, O Golf God? That was my refrain at the time. Fast forward to today and verily my cup runneth over! Not only did Ariya fulfill her vast potential with not one, not two but three LPGA wins in a row, now on the other tour I follow, the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA), Thailand’s Porani Chutichai of Thailand makes it a Thai winner on a major women’s golf tour four weeks in a row!

Porani Chutichai (click to enlarge)

Porani Chutichai (or Wing, if you will) won the 2016 Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament, beating Momoko Ueda in a playoff. They say you can’t win a golf tournament in the first round. That’s mostly true…but she came close. Wing had the round of her life with a 9-under 63 to open this event. She had 7 birdies, including 4 in a row at one stretch, and an eagle on 18. A second round 2-under 70 pushed Chutichai to 11-under. Understandably, she had the pressure on her in the final round. At one point she was 2-over for the round and running on fumes at 9-under overall with the field chasing her down. A clutch birdie on 13 moved her back to 10-under but she would need a playoff to shake Momoko Ueda.

Porani Chutichai (click to enlarge)

Wing was a money list winner on the Chinese LPGA (CLPGA). I wrote about a tournament win of hers back in 2011. You can read that here: Thailand’s Porani Chutichai Wins 2011 CLPGA Yangzhou Golf Challenge. However, since competing on the JLPGA since 2012 Chutichai has never finished higher than 84th on the year-end money list. In fact, that year (2014) was the only season she placed in the top 90. She has 4 missed cuts this year including 3 in a row at one point. But she started showing signs of improvement with a T19 at the Hoken no Madoguchi Ladies in mid-May. Then she had her best showing ever on the JLPGA, a T2 at last week’s Resort Trust Ladies. Well, her best result until this tournament, that is. It’s wonderful to see Wing’s hard work pay off. I don’t know how long she keeps this up. I also don’t know how long the Golf Gods will continue to bless Thai golfers. But maybe I should consider putting a dollar or two on Pornanong Phatlum or Moriya Jutanugarn to win soon.

 

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1 PORANI CHUTICHAI (-10)

 

2 MOMOKO UEDA (-10)

 

3 HIKARI FUJITA (-8)

 

T4 BO-MEE LEE (-7)

 

T4 JIYAI SHIN (-7)

 

LEADERBOARD

RANK PLAYER SCORE 1R 2R 3R TOTAL PRIZE
優勝 P Chutichai -10 63 70 73 206 ¥12,600,000
2 Momoko Ueda -10 70 68 68 206 ¥6,300,000
3 Hikari Fujita -8 71 68 69 208 ¥4,900,000
4T Jiyai Shin -7 71 70 68 209 ¥3,920,000
4T Bo-Mee Lee -7 72 67 70 209 ¥3,920,000
6T Yuki Ichinose -5 72 71 68 211 ¥2,695,000
6T Satsuki Oshiro -5 73 69 69 211 ¥2,695,000
8 @Minami Hiruta -4 71 68 73 212 ¥0
9T Lala Anai -3 68 73 72 213 ¥1,650,250
9T Jae-Eun Chung -3 71 70 72 213 ¥1,650,250
9T Miki Uehara -3 71 70 72 213 ¥1,650,250
9T Maiko Wakabayashi -3 71 67 75 213 ¥1,650,250
13T Saiki Fujita -2 69 76 69 214 ¥1,246,000
13T Megumi Kido -2 72 67 75 214 ¥1,246,000
15T Sun-Ju Ahn -1 72 72 71 215 ¥1,001,000
15T Erina Hara -1 70 71 74 215 ¥1,001,000
15T Mihoko Iseri -1 71 70 74 215 ¥1,001,000
15T Rumi Yoshiba -1 72 68 75 215 ¥1,001,000
15T Yukari Baba -1 69 68 78 215 ¥1,001,000
20T Riho Fujisaki 0 71 74 71 216 ¥709,333
20T Yoko Maeda 0 72 73 71 216 ¥709,333
20T Kumiko Kaneda 0 73 72 71 216 ¥709,333
20T O Sattaya 0 70 74 72 216 ¥709,333
20T Hee-Kyung Bae 0 72 72 72 216 ¥709,333
20T Rie Iwahashi 0 70 73 73 216 ¥709,333
26T Na-Ri Lee +1 73 72 72 217 ¥600,250
26T Ah-Reum Hwang +1 73 72 72 217 ¥600,250
26T Hiromi Mogi +1 73 72 72 217 ¥600,250
26T Hiromi Kamata +1 72 72 73 217 ¥600,250
26T Yukari Nishiyama +1 76 67 74 217 ¥600,250
26T Mayu Hosaka +1 73 70 74 217 ¥600,250
26T Akane Yoshino +1 72 70 75 217 ¥600,250
26T Saki Takeo +1 69 72 76 217 ¥600,250
34T Ayaka Matsumori +2 70 75 73 218 ¥500,500
34T Kana Mikashima +2 69 75 74 218 ¥500,500
34T Yumiko Yoshida +2 70 74 74 218 ¥500,500
34T Eri Okayama +2 72 71 75 218 ¥500,500
38T @Momoka Sega +3 72 73 74 219 ¥0
38T Yasuko Satoh +3 74 71 74 219 ¥448,000
38T Chiharu Tsunekawa +3 73 72 74 219 ¥448,000
38T Ayako Kimura +3 72 70 77 219 ¥448,000
42T Kyoko Furuya +4 70 75 75 220 ¥392,000
42T Miyu Shinkai +4 75 70 75 220 ¥392,000
42T Asako Fujimoto +4 71 73 76 220 ¥392,000
42T Karen Gondo +4 72 71 77 220 ¥392,000
42T Ayame Morii +4 73 69 78 220 ¥392,000
47T @Sayaka Takahashi +5 72 73 76 221 ¥0
47T Kaori Yamamoto +5 74 71 76 221 ¥350,000
49T Kotono Kozuma +6 75 70 77 222 ¥329,000
49T Asuka Kashiwabara +6 72 73 77 222 ¥329,000
51 @Rio Ishii +8 72 73 79 224 ¥0

2 thoughts on “Thailand’s Porani Chutichai Wins 2016 Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament

  1. Really nice win for this girl. it was nice to see that she played so well and did not let up in the playoff with Momoko Ueda. It was also nice to see Hikari Fujita in the top ten. Miss Fujita is a player that i have been waiting to see win a tourney. But big congratulations to Porani Chutichai she really deserves this win.

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