Is It Time To Reassess Ariya Jutanugarn After 5th Win Of 2016 LPGA Season At Canadian Pacific Women’s Open?

Ariya Jutanugarn is All Smiles (click to enlarge)

5 for 5. Since May of this year, Ariya Jutanugarn has held the 54-hole lead in an LPGA event 5 times. She has gone on to win the title all 5 times, including this week at the 2016 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Don’t look now, but a player whose claim to fame has been collapsing under pressure is tranforming into a closer. After a bogey-par-bogey finish on Saturday let In-Gee Chun back into the hunt, joined by a streaking fellow Seoul Sister Sei-Young Kim on Sunday, Ariya refused to let go of her lead, eventually matching the Canadian Open aggregate score record (265) of Lydia Ko (2013) and So-Yeon Ryu (2014), as well as the lowest score in relation to par (-23) which she now shares with Ryu (2014). It all added up to a 4 shot cushion over Sei-Young   Kim and a 5 shot margin over In-Gee Chun.

Ariya Jutanugarn (click to enlarge)

Whether it’s Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott of Vision 54 working with her or her time with coach Gary Gilchrist…or maybe just maturity from all of her past LPGA struggles, each win is coming with a greater sense of calm. It’s starting to become almost…inevitable. There are no tears of joy mixed with relief or shaking limbs like in her first couple of wins. This is not to say she doesn’t still spray some shots. At both the Ricoh Women’s Open and CP Women’s Open, both national Opens she has won in back to back tour schedule events, there have been points where she looked like she was cruising to easy, almost record, wins until a couple of wayward holes let it get closer than it should have been. Still, more and more it’s beginning to look like the name “A. Jutanugarn” atop a leaderboard going into Sunday sends a message to the rest of the field that they are playing for second place. Don’t get me wrong. She will eventually cough up a lead. Multiple times. It happens to the best of them. Like everybody before her, the hot streak will end. All I’m suggesting is that the mental image of her falling apart might need to be left in the past. If you are rooting for a player who is competing against her on Sunday, the best thing would be to root for that player to go really low…not wait for Ariya to implode and hand the tournament to them. That might not be who she is anymore.

 

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1 ARIYA JUTANUGARN (-23)

 

2 SEI-YOUNG KIM (-19)

 

3 IN-GEE CHUN (-18)

 

 

4 ALENA SHARP (-16)

 

LEADERBOARD

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Ariya Jutanugarn 68 64 67 66 -6 -23 265 $337,500
2 Sei Young Kim 69 67 68 65 -7 -19 269 $207,791
3 In Gee Chun 68 67 66 69 -3 -18 270 $150,737
4 Alena Sharp 68 70 67 67 -5 -16 272 $116,607
T5 Karrie Webb 73 67 69 64 -8 -15 273 $85,323
T5 Anna Nordqvist 71 68 66 68 -4 -15 273 $85,323
T7 Alison Lee 74 67 66 68 -4 -13 275 $57,072
T7 Lydia Ko 67 69 70 69 -3 -13 275 $57,072
T7 Chella Choi 65 71 69 70 -2 -13 275 $57,072
T10 Mo Martin 71 68 71 66 -6 -12 276 $41,466
T10 Ayako Uehara 67 74 68 67 -5 -12 276 $41,466
T10 Suzann Pettersen 68 69 69 70 -2 -12 276 $41,466
T10 Stephanie Meadow 66 69 69 72 E -12 276 $41,466
T14 Carlota Ciganda 75 67 68 67 -5 -11 277 $29,436
T14 Mi Hyang Lee 71 69 69 68 -4 -11 277 $29,436
T14 Austin Ernst 69 72 68 68 -4 -11 277 $29,436
T14 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 69 69 70 69 -3 -11 277 $29,436
T14 Brooke Henderson 72 68 68 69 -3 -11 277 $29,436
T14 Cristie Kerr 69 71 68 69 -3 -11 277 $29,436
T14 Mirim Lee 67 71 69 70 -2 -11 277 $29,436
T14 Amy Yang 68 69 68 72 E -11 277 $29,436
22 Stacy Lewis 67 72 69 70 -2 -10 278 $24,345
T23 Azahara Munoz 69 72 69 69 -3 -9 279 $20,563
T23 Nontaya Srisawang 72 70 68 69 -3 -9 279 $20,563
T23 Ryann O’Toole 72 70 70 67 -5 -9 279 $20,563
T23 Mi Jung Hur 67 69 71 72 E -9 279 $20,563
T23 Jane Park 70 71 67 71 -1 -9 279 $20,563
T23 Morgan Pressel 70 72 65 72 E -9 279 $20,563
T23 Hyo Joo Kim 69 67 70 73 +1 -9 279 $20,563
T23 Gaby Lopez 71 67 68 73 +1 -9 279 $20,563
T31 Marina Alex 69 71 69 71 -1 -8 280 $16,154
T31 Juli Inkster 70 69 70 71 -1 -8 280 $16,154
T31 Min Lee 73 66 69 72 E -8 280 $16,154
T31 Ha Na Jang 69 69 67 75 +3 -8 280 $16,154
T35 Sandra Gal 71 71 67 72 E -7 281 $14,277
T35 Minjee Lee 69 70 67 75 +3 -7 281 $14,277
T37 Ai Miyazato 69 68 73 72 E -6 282 $11,880
T37 Catriona Matthew 69 72 70 71 -1 -6 282 $11,880
T37 Mika Miyazato 69 72 70 71 -1 -6 282 $11,880
T37 Hee Young Park 71 69 72 70 -2 -6 282 $11,880
T37 So Yeon Ryu 68 74 71 69 -3 -6 282 $11,880
T37 Jessica Korda 71 72 71 68 -4 -6 282 $11,880
T37 Budsabakorn Sukapan 71 66 69 76 +4 -6 282 $11,880
T44 Megan Khang 72 69 70 72 E -5 283 $9,499
T44 Jenny Shin 68 70 71 74 +2 -5 283 $9,499
T44 Sakura Yokomine 70 67 72 74 +2 -5 283 $9,499
T44 Su-Hyun Oh 68 73 74 68 -4 -5 283 $9,499
T48 Ssu-Chia Cheng 71 72 68 73 +1 -4 284 $7,906
T48 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 73 70 69 72 E -4 284 $7,906
T48 Caroline Masson 74 68 70 72 E -4 284 $7,906
T48 Karine Icher 67 72 73 72 E -4 284 $7,906
T48 Brittany Lincicome 69 72 66 77 +5 -4 284 $7,906
T48 Haru Nomura 69 72 75 68 -4 -4 284 $7,906
T54 Laetitia Beck 72 69 70 74 +2 -3 285 $6,598
T54 Eun-Hee Ji 69 74 70 72 E -3 285 $6,598
T54 Vicky Hurst 71 70 72 72 E -3 285 $6,598
T54 Lee Lopez 69 72 74 70 -2 -3 285 $6,598
T54 Sarah Jane Smith 71 70 74 70 -2 -3 285 $6,598
T59 Madelene Sagstrom 72 70 69 75 +3 -2 286 $5,537
T59 Jaclyn Lee 69 70 73 74 +2 -2 286
T59 Pernilla Lindberg 72 71 70 73 +1 -2 286 $5,537
T59 Lizette Salas 70 71 72 73 +1 -2 286 $5,537
T59 P.K. Kongkraphan 73 69 72 72 E -2 286 $5,537
T59 Briana Mao 69 74 71 72 E -2 286 $5,537
T59 Anne-Catherine Tanguay 70 73 74 69 -3 -2 286 $5,537
T66 Pannarat Thanapolboonyar 70 72 71 74 +2 -1 287 $4,948
T66 Dori Carter 70 69 75 73 +1 -1 287 $4,948
T66 Celine Herbin 74 69 73 71 -1 -1 287 $4,948
T66 Brittany Lang 70 73 76 68 -4 -1 287 $4,948
T70 Benyapa Niphatsophon 71 72 71 75 +3 +1 289 $4,608
T70 Michelle Wie 71 72 74 72 E +1 289 $4,608
T72 Hannah Collier 73 70 71 76 +4 +2 290 $4,465
T72 Caroline Hedwall 72 68 77 73 +1 +2 290 $4,465
74 Stephanie Kono 70 73 74 76 +4 +5 293 $4,379
T75 Brittany Altomare 73 71 MC MC 144
T75 Cydney Clanton 72 72 MC MC 144
T75 Charley Hull 71 73 MC MC 144
T75 Haeji Kang 72 72 MC MC 144
T75 Kim Kaufman 72 72 MC MC 144
T75 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 70 74 MC MC 144
T75 Brittany Marchand 73 71 MC MC 144
T75 Maria McBride 73 71 MC MC 144
T75 Becky Morgan 75 69 MC MC 144
T75 Sadena Parks 72 72 MC MC 144
T75 Ashleigh Simon 72 72 MC MC 144
T75 Kelly Tan 72 72 MC MC 144
T75 Jessica Wallace 70 74 MC MC 144
T75 Jing Yan 74 70 MC MC 144
T89 Simin Feng 70 75 MC MC 145
T89 Wei-Ling Hsu 75 70 MC MC 145
T89 Tiffany Joh 76 69 MC MC 145
T89 Moriya Jutanugarn 75 70 MC MC 145
T89 Amelia Lewis 73 72 MC MC 145
T89 Xi Yu Lin 71 74 MC MC 145
T89 Giulia Molinaro 74 71 MC MC 145
T89 Grace Na 71 74 MC MC 145
T89 Ji Young Oh 71 74 MC MC 145
T89 Kelly Shon 71 74 MC MC 145
T89 Jennifer Song 72 73 MC MC 145
T89 Maddie Szeryk 73 72 MC MC 145
T89 Mariajo Uribe 73 72 MC MC 145
T89 Cheyenne Woods 73 72 MC MC 145
T103 Holly Clyburn 73 73 MC MC 146
T103 Laura Davies 72 74 MC MC 146
T103 Lindy Duncan 72 74 MC MC 146
T103 Julieta Granada 73 73 MC MC 146
T103 Annie Park 69 77 MC MC 146
T103 Angela Stanford 71 75 MC MC 146
T103 Bertine Strauss 75 71 MC MC 146
T103 Angel Yin 69 77 MC MC 146
T103 Sun Young Yoo 75 71 MC MC 146
T112 Q Baek 75 72 MC MC 147
T112 Christel Boeljon 75 72 MC MC 147
T112 Jacqui Concolino 72 75 MC MC 147
T112 Brianna Do 76 71 MC MC 147
T112 Casey Grice 76 71 MC MC 147
T112 Felicity Johnson 74 73 MC MC 147
T112 Sara Maude Juneau 71 76 MC MC 147
T112 Lorie Kane 73 74 MC MC 147
T112 Joanna Klatten 73 74 MC MC 147
T112 Naomi Eun Young Ko 74 73 MC MC 147
T112 Belen Mozo 72 75 MC MC 147
T112 Hannah O’Sullivan 72 75 MC MC 147
T112 Paula Reto 72 75 MC MC 147
T112 Samantha Richdale 75 72 MC MC 147
T112 Kris Tamulis 74 73 MC MC 147
T112 Yani Tseng 76 71 MC MC 147
T128 Katie Burnett 76 72 MC MC 148
T128 Na Yeon Choi 75 73 MC MC 148
T128 Daniela Iacobelli 73 75 MC MC 148
T128 Sarah Kemp 74 74 MC MC 148
T128 Min Seo Kwak 76 72 MC MC 148
T128 Ilhee Lee 72 76 MC MC 148
T128 Lee-Anne Pace 71 77 MC MC 148
T128 Marion Ricordeau 74 74 MC MC 148
T136 Jennifer Ha 72 77 MC MC 149
T136 Mina Harigae 74 75 MC MC 149
T136 Katherine Kirk 74 75 MC MC 149
T136 Gerina Piller 75 74 MC MC 149
T136 Jane Rah 75 74 MC MC 149
T136 Alison Walshe 74 75 MC MC 149
T142 Amy Anderson 76 74 MC MC 150
T142 Danielle Kang 74 76 MC MC 150
T142 Jennifer Kirby 73 77 MC MC 150
T145 Jaye Marie Green 78 73 MC MC 151
T145 Nannette Hill 76 75 MC MC 151
T145 Dani Holmqvist 78 73 MC MC 151
T145 Ashlan Ramsey 73 78 MC MC 151
T145 Christine Song 74 77 MC MC 151
150 Demi Runas 80 72 MC MC 152
T151 Sandra Changkija 78 77 MC MC 155
T151 Rachel Rohanna 78 77 MC MC 155
T151 Julie Yang 78 77 MC MC 155
154 Alejandra Llaneza 75 81 MC MC 156
155 Brigitte Thibault 87 82 MC MC 169
156 Christina Kim 77 WD WD WD 77
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2 thoughts on “Is It Time To Reassess Ariya Jutanugarn After 5th Win Of 2016 LPGA Season At Canadian Pacific Women’s Open?

  1. Wow, I thought that knee injury in Rio would have sidelined Ariya for this tournament, but I guess not as she lapped the field. Glad you had a picture where she was wearing shorts, as I could see the kinesio tape on her left knee. So many of the women golfers and tennis players just slap on that tape. None of ’em will ever wear it as well as Li Na did on her right knee.

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