Who's who: Ariya Jutanugarn

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Who's who: Ariya Jutanugarn

  • Name:

    Ariya Jutanugarn
  • Country:

    Thailand
  • Born:

    Nov 23, 1995 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2012 (aged 17)

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): British Women's Open (2016); US Women's Open (2018). Multiple wins on the Ladies European and LPGA tours. Race to the CME Globe Champion (2016, '18). LPGA Tour leading money winner (2016, '18). Held the position of No.1 golfer in the Women's Official World Golf Rankings.

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Growing up in a golfing family, Ariya Jutanugarn and her older sister Moriya (2013 US LPGA Rookie of the Year), both showed prodigious talent as amateur players. Ariya qualified for the 2007 Honda LPGA Thailand at age 11, making her the youngest player ever to qualify for an LPGA Tour event. In 2011 she won the US Girls' Amateur Championship and a year later the Canadian Women's Amateur.

Ariya turned professional in 2012 and recorded her first win on the Ladies European Tour in March 2013. She looked set to conquer the world of women's golf. However, in June 2013 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship she tumbled down an incline while chasing her sister Moriya with a water bottle, injuring her right shoulder in the process. The injury required corrective surgery, which put her career on temporary hold. When she returned to golf, she wasn’t the same player and was forced to make major adjustments to her swing.

Having adapted to a remodelled swing, Jutanugarn got her career firmly back on track in the late-spring of 2016 with three straight LPGA Tour wins. Two months later in July 2016 came a coveted first major championship win at the British Women's Open. This impressive win streak allowed Jutanugarn to top the LPGA Tour's 2016 money list and win the Tour's season-long Race to the CME Globe.

When sister Moriya won on the LPGA Tour in April 2018, the Jutanugarns joined Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam as the only other sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.

Top tournaments won by Ariya Jutanugarn

2018
Awards
237 pts
n/a
Rolex

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Score

237 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Rolex

Jutanugarn (Thai) won the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year Award with 237 pts, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors. Sung-hyun Park (S Kor) was second with 140 pts; Minjee Lee (Aus) was third with 122 pts.

2018
Europe
271 (-13)
US$225,000
ASI

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

US$225,000

Title sponsor

ASI

Played as the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open (Jul 26-29; LET/LPGA event). Second-placed Minjee Lee (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Jutanugarn (Thai), whose win took her back to the No.1 spot in the Women's World Golf Rankings. [No.1 course, Gullane GC, Gullane, East Lothian].

2018
Awards
$2,743,949
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Score

$2,743,949

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Jutanugarn (Thai) won the LPGA Tour 2018 Money List, with season earnings of $2,743,949 on the Tour. Minjee Lee (Aus) was second with $1,551,032; Sung-hyun Park (S Kor) was third with $1,498,077.

2018
Awards
6,750 pts
$1,000,000
CME Group

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Score

6,750 pts

Prize money

$1,000,000

Title sponsor

CME Group

Jutanugarn (Thai) won the LPGA Tour season-long points chase with 6,750 pts, to capture the Race to the CME Globe and $1 million bonus. Brooke Henderson (Can) was second with 5,200 pts; Nasa Hataoka (Jpn) was third with 5,100 pts. The Globe is awarded based on points earned for "above the cut line" finishes during the LPGA Tour season.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

199 (-14)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

GEICO

Played as the Kingsmill Championship presented by GEICO (May 17-20). Jutanugarn (Thai) beat Nasa Hataoka (Jpn) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-4 18th). In-gee Chun (S Kor) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].

2018
Awards
69.415
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Score

69.415

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Jutanugarn (Thai) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average (69.415) on the LPGA Tour. Minjee Lee (Aus) was second with 69.747; Jin-young Ko (S Kor) was third with 69.806.

2018
Majors
277 (-11)
$900,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$900,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Open (73rd) (May 31-Jun 3). Jutanugarn (Thai) beat Hyo-joo Kim (S Kor) with a par at the second sudden-death playoff hole (par-4 18th), after both players tied on level par after an aggregate two-hole playoff. This was Jutanugarn's second major championship win. [Shoal Creek Club, Birmingham, AL].

2017
America
Whistle Bear, Ont.
272 (-17)
$255,000
Manulife

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Whistle Bear, Ont.

Score

272 (-17)

Prize money

$255,000

Title sponsor

Manulife

Played as the Manulife LPGA Classic (June 8-11). Jutanugarn (Thai) beat Lexi Thompson (USA) and In-gee Chun (S Kor) with a 25-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Whistle Bear GC, Cambridge, nr Kitchener, Ont.].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$500,000

Title sponsor

CME

Played as the CME Group Tour Championship (Nov 16-19; LPGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Lexi Thompson (USA) and Jessica Korda (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jutanugarn (Thai). Thompson's missed 2-foot putt on the final hole opened the door for Jutanugarn to sink a 12-foot putt on the same green to win the tournament. [Gold course, Tiburón GC, Naples, FL].

2016
Awards
268 pts
n/a
Rolex

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Score

268 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Rolex

Jutanugarn (Thai) won the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors. Lydia Ko (NZ) was second with 248 pts; Brooke M. Henderson (Can) was third with 154 pts.

2016
America
274 (-14)
$195,000
Yokohama Tire

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

Yokohama Tire

Played as the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic (May 5-8). Second-placed Amy Yang (S Kor), Stacy Lewis (USA) and Morgan Pressel (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Jutanugarn (Thai). [Senator course, RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, Prattville, Alabama].

2016
America
265 (-19)
$337,500
Canadian Pacific

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

265 (-19)

Prize money

$337,500

Title sponsor

Canadian Pacific

Played as the Canadian Pacific Women's Open (Aug 25-28). Second-placed Sei-young Kim (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind Jutanugarn (Thai), who claimed a fifth win in her last ten starts, and fifth win of the season. [Priddis Greens G&CC, Priddis, nr Calgary, Alberta].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

JTBC

Played as the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC (May 19-22). Second-placed Su Oh (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Jutanugarn (Thai), who recorded her second straight win on the LPGA Tour. [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].

2016
America
Travis Pointe CC
273 (-15)
$195,000
Volvik

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Travis Pointe CC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

Volvik

Played as the inaugural LPGA Volvik Championship (May 26-29). Second-placed Christina Kim (USA) finished 5 shots behind Jutanugarn (Thai), who recorded her third straight LPGA Tour win. [Travis Pointe CC, Ann Arbor, Michigan].

2016
Awards
6,800 pts
$1,000,000
CME Group

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Score

6,800 pts

Prize money

$1,000,000

Title sponsor

CME Group

Jutanugarn (Thai) won the LPGA Tour season-long points chase, to capture the Race to the CME Globe and $1 million bonus. Lydia Ko (NZ) was second with 5,050 pts; Brooke M. Henderson (Can) was third with 4,370 pts. The Globe is awarded based on points earned for "above the cut line" finishes during the LPGA Tour season.

2016
Awards
$2,492,994
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Venue

Score

$2,492,994

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Jutanugarn (Thai) won the LPGA Tour 2016 Money List, with season earnings of $2,550,928 on the Tour. Lydia Ko (NZ) was second with $2,492,994; Brooke M. Henderson (Can) was third with $1,724,409.

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$412,047

Title sponsor

Ricoh

The Ricoh Women's British Open (40th) (July 28-31). Second-placed Mo Martin (USA) and Mirim Lee (S Kor) finished 3 shots behind 20-year-old Jutanugarn (Thai), who became the first Thai golfer (man or woman) to win a major championship title. [Marquess course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

€48,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lalla Meryem Cup (March 28-31). Beth Allen (USA) and 17-yr old Charley Hull (Eng) finished 3 shots behind 17-year-old LET rookie Jutanugarn (Thai), who recorded her first professional win. [Golf de l'Océan, Agadir, Morocco].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Jutanugarn, Ariya

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Jutanugarn (Thai) beat Dottie Ardina (Phil) 2 and 1 in the final. [South course, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].

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