Ariya Jutanugarn Wins First Career Major At 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

You didn’t expect it to be easy, did you? After making it look like she was going to run away from the field early in the final round, Ariya Jutanugarn had to hold her nerves and come through in the clutch to with the 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open. Don’t let the 3 shot separation between Jutanugarn (-16) and the duo of Mo Martin and Mirim Lee (-13) after 72 holes fool you. May took the scenic route to her first career Major. Beginning the day, Mirim trailed May by only 2 shots, 16-under to 14-under. By the time Jutanugarn recorded her second birdie of the day on the 6th hole, combined with Mirim stumbling out of the gate, May had a 6 shot lead at 18-under. At that point it seemed Karrie Webb and Karen Stupples were in jeopardy of losing their 19-under Women’s British Open scoring record. Not to worry, that record is safe for at least another year.

Mirim Lee (click to enlarge)

Mirim Lee was able to shake off a front 9 to forget and get hot after the turn. She birdied 10, 11 and 12 to get to 14-under. Ariya Jutanugarn, whether it was the heat Mirim was putting on her or just nerves, nearly imploded with a bogey at 9 and a double bogey on 13. Suddenly, not only had her 6 shot lead been shrunk to just 1 at 15-under, she also let 2014 Women’s British Open champion Mo Martin back in the tournament. For anybody familiar with May’s history, this had the look of another loss snatched from the jaws of victory. But this is not the same Jutanugarn that probably should have won the year’s first Major, the ANA Inspiration, but fell apart. This is a 3-time winner who has fought through errant shotmaking stretches to win. And she did it again, nailing a clutch birdie on 17 to move back to a 2-shot lead on Lee. A bogey by Mirim on 18 made it a 3 shot win for May, but clearly the margin of victory does not tell the story of this round.

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

At the end of the day, Ariya Jutanugarn got the job done. She did not back into her 4th title of the season and first Major. She played superbly for 3 and 1/2 rounds, which allowed her to survive a rough stretch coming home. With the title, she is expected to move to #3 in the world. Over on the Seoul Sisters golf forum, one of the posters noted how her ranking of #6 in the world coming into this event was not reflective of where she truly is in the women’s golf pecking order. So that has now been corrected. She might even go higher than this. She is the first Thai player, male or female, to win Major. Why not be the first to be ranked #1? [NOTE: As per Monday’s Rolex Rankings release, Ariya has moved to #2 following her WBO win!] I don’t know if her game is as complete as Lydia Ko, and I never underestimate Brooke Henderson. Frankly, I don’t underestimate any of the top players. What if Stacy Lewis gets hot and starts winning again? What if So Yeon Ryu starts to be able to finish off tournaments where she has chances to win? What if any of the talented young players like Sei-Young Kim, In-Gee Chun or Hyo-Joo Kim goes on a tear? Oh, and let’s not forget about the absent Inbee Park. There are a lot of players that could stand between Jutanugarn and the #1 ranking. But if May keeps playing like she has since the month of May, those other players will need their best to keep her at bay.

 

 

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1 ARIYA JUTANUGARN (-16)

with sister, Moriya Jutanugarn

hugging mom

with Jason O’Malley, GM of Woburn Golf Club, and sons

with low amateur Leona Maguire

 

T2 MIRIM LEE (-13)

 

T2 MO MARTIN (-13)

 

LEADERBOARD

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Ariya Jutanugarn 65 69 66 72 E F -16 272
T2 Mo Martin 68 68 69 70 -2 F -13 275
T2 Mirim Lee 62 71 69 73 +1 F -13 275
4 Stacy Lewis 67 70 70 70 -2 F -11 277
T5 Ha Na Jang 68 67 73 71 -1 F -9 279
T5 Karrie Webb 69 69 70 71 -1 F -9 279
T5 Catriona Matthew 70 65 71 73 +1 F -9 279
T8 So Yeon Ryu 69 70 71 70 -2 F -8 280
T8 In Gee Chun 72 71 67 70 -2 F -8 280
T8 Lexi Thompson 72 67 69 72 E F -8 280
T11 Mi Hyang Lee 67 73 73 68 -4 F -7 281
T11 Megan Khang 71 72 70 68 -4 F -7 281
T11 Hee Kyung Bae 72 71 69 69 -3 F -7 281
T14 Beth Allen 70 72 71 69 -3 F -6 282
T14 Teresa Lu 69 71 71 71 -1 F -6 282
T14 Beatriz Recari 69 72 69 72 E F -6 282
T17 Charley Hull 69 70 75 69 -3 F -5 283
T17 Azahara Munoz 68 71 73 71 -1 F -5 283
T17 Haru Nomura 72 68 72 71 -1 F -5 283
T17 Lee-Anne Pace 73 69 70 71 -1 F -5 283
T17 Mi Jung Hur 74 70 68 71 -1 F -5 283
T17 Sarah Jane Smith 68 72 70 73 +1 F -5 283
T17 Nicole Broch Larsen 72 68 70 73 +1 F -5 283
T17 Shanshan Feng 66 68 74 75 +3 F -5 283
T25 Caroline Masson 76 69 72 67 -5 F -4 284
T25 Lizette Salas 72 71 71 70 -2 F -4 284
T25 Karine Icher 73 69 71 71 -1 F -4 284
T25 Minjee Lee 71 73 69 71 -1 F -4 284
T25 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 71 71 70 72 E F -4 284
T25 Leona Maguire 71 70 68 75 +3 F -4 284
T31 Carlota Ciganda 74 70 71 70 -2 F -3 285
T31 Alena Sharp 68 72 74 71 -1 F -3 285
T31 Anna Nordqvist 72 71 71 71 -1 F -3 285
T31 Alison Lee 71 70 72 72 E F -3 285
T31 Yani Tseng 69 72 72 72 E F -3 285
T31 Candie Kung 72 69 70 74 +2 F -3 285
T37 Gaby Lopez 72 69 73 72 E F -2 286
T37 Camilla Lennarth 70 70 70 76 +4 F -2 286
T39 Chella Choi 75 66 72 74 +2 F -1 287
T39 Emily Kristine Pedersen 73 69 71 74 +2 F -1 287
T39 Lydia Ko 74 70 69 74 +2 F -1 287
T42 Brittany Lincicome 69 76 72 71 -1 F E 288
T42 Kelly Shon 73 67 76 72 E F E 288
T42 Jennifer Song 70 72 71 75 +3 F E 288
T42 Moriya Jutanugarn 69 76 68 75 +3 F E 288
T46 Ashleigh Simon 71 68 77 73 +1 F +1 289
T46 Lina Boqvist 74 71 71 73 +1 F +1 289
T46 Sandra Gal 70 75 70 74 +2 F +1 289
T49 Sung Hyun Park 72 70 77 71 -1 F +2 290
T49 Christina Kim 74 71 73 72 E F +2 290
T49 Gerina Piller 73 72 72 73 +1 F +2 290
T49 Bronte Law 70 70 76 74 +2 F +2 290
T49 Eun-Hee Ji 74 70 72 74 +2 F +2 290
T49 Sei Young Kim 69 69 77 75 +3 F +2 290
T49 Brooke Henderson 71 72 72 75 +3 F +2 290
T49 In-Kyung Kim 69 73 71 77 +5 F +2 290
T57 Brittany Altomare 71 73 75 72 E F +3 291
T57 Mika Miyazato 69 71 74 77 +5 F +3 291
T59 Marina Alex 71 71 75 75 +3 F +4 292
T59 Brittany Lang 72 71 74 75 +3 F +4 292
T59 Jiyai Shin 72 71 74 75 +3 F +4 292
T59 Yukari Nishiyama 73 69 73 77 +5 F +4 292
T59 Angela Stanford 71 70 71 80 +8 F +4 292
T64 Melissa Reid 72 70 77 74 +2 F +5 293
T64 Maria McBride 72 73 72 76 +4 F +5 293
T64 Tiffany Joh 71 71 74 77 +5 F +5 293
T64 Ai Suzuki 72 73 71 77 +5 F +5 293
68 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 71 71 73 79 +7 F +6 294
T69 Su-Hyun Oh 73 72 76 74 +2 F +7 295
T69 Chloe Leurquin 74 71 74 76 +4 F +7 295
71 Cristie Kerr 72 73 72 79 +7 F +8 296
72 Maria Parra 69 74 78 76 +4 F +9 297
73 Marta Sanz Barrio 72 73 74 82 +10 F +13 301
74 Vicky Hurst 70 74 78 81 +9 F +15 303
T75 Luna Sobron 71 75 70 74 290
T75 Q Baek 77 69 MC MC 146
T75 Laetitia Beck 71 75 MC MC 146
T75 Cydney Clanton 72 74 MC MC 146
T75 Mina Harigae 74 72 MC MC 146
T75 Danielle Kang 75 71 MC MC 146
T75 Kim Kaufman 73 73 MC MC 146
T75 Hannah O’Sullivan 70 76 MC MC 146
T75 Annie Park 72 74 MC MC 146
T75 Paula Reto 73 73 MC MC 146
T75 Marianne Skarpnord 75 71 MC MC 146
T75 Angel Yin 71 75 MC MC 146
T75 Sakura Yokomine 74 72 MC MC 146
T75 Liz Young 73 73 MC MC 146
T89 Amy Boulden 72 75 MC MC 147
T89 Katie Burnett 75 72 MC MC 147
T89 Na Yeon Choi 73 74 MC MC 147
T89 Lydia Hall 73 74 MC MC 147
T89 Wei-Ling Hsu 74 73 MC MC 147
T89 Jessica Korda 75 72 MC MC 147
T89 Ilhee Lee 76 71 MC MC 147
T89 Pernilla Lindberg 73 74 MC MC 147
T89 Lee Lopez 76 71 MC MC 147
T89 Ryann O’Toole 72 75 MC MC 147
T89 Suzann Pettersen 73 74 MC MC 147
T89 Isabella Ramsay 72 75 MC MC 147
T89 Jenny Shin 73 74 MC MC 147
T89 Nontaya Srisawang 74 73 MC MC 147
T89 Mariajo Uribe 74 73 MC MC 147
T104 Isabelle Boineau 72 76 MC MC 148
T104 Julia Engstrom 76 72 MC MC 148
T104 Austin Ernst 75 73 MC MC 148
T104 Felicity Johnson 72 76 MC MC 148
T104 Xi Yu Lin 78 70 MC MC 148
T104 Ai Miyazato 73 75 MC MC 148
T104 Becky Morgan 74 74 MC MC 148
T104 Hee Young Park 74 74 MC MC 148
T104 Momoko Ueda 75 73 MC MC 148
T104 Sun Young Yoo 74 74 MC MC 148
T114 Rebecca Artis 75 74 MC MC 149
T114 Jacqui Concolino 75 74 MC MC 149
T114 Paula Creamer 76 73 MC MC 149
T114 Caroline Hedwall 77 72 MC MC 149
T114 Olivia Mehaffey 75 74 MC MC 149
T114 Pornanong Phatlum 74 75 MC MC 149
T114 Morgan Pressel 77 72 MC MC 149
T114 Linda Wessberg 77 72 MC MC 149
T114 Michelle Wie 76 73 MC MC 149
T123 Aditi Ashok 79 71 MC MC 150
T123 Laura Davies 74 76 MC MC 150
T123 Gwladys Nocera 75 75 MC MC 150
T123 Florentyna Parker 76 74 MC MC 150
T123 Noora Tamminen 77 73 MC MC 150
T123 Jing Yan 75 75 MC MC 150
T129 Holly Clyburn 74 77 MC MC 151
T129 Kylie Walker 78 73 MC MC 151
T131 Brianna Do 75 77 MC MC 152
T131 Asuka Kashiwabara 76 76 MC MC 152
T131 Pamela Pretswell 79 73 MC MC 152
T131 Kelly Tan 75 77 MC MC 152
T131 Cheyenne Woods 73 79 MC MC 152
T131 Anne van Dam 76 76 MC MC 152
137 Hyo Joo Kim 75 78 MC MC 153
T138 Georgia Hall 77 77 MC MC 154
T138 Amelia Lewis 80 74 MC MC 154
T140 Charlotte Ellis 75 80 MC MC 155
T140 Stacey Keating 78 77 MC MC 155
142 Maha Haddioui 78 78 MC MC 156
143 Nuria Iturrios 73 84 MC MC 157

 

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2 thoughts on “Ariya Jutanugarn Wins First Career Major At 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open

  1. Congratulations to Ariya on her first of hopefully many majors to come. Yes, she leaked a little oil on the 13th, but did not completely go off the rails as she did at the ANA earlier this year. Lydia Ko may be in for a fight for #1 in the LPGA.

    • Sorry to answer so belatedly, Lydia has a huge lead in points…IF May can catch her it would probably be next year at the earliest. But whether she makes it to #1 or not, I’m just thrilled at her great success 🙂

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