Also known as:May
Born:Nov 23, 1995 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Turned Pro:2012 (aged 17)
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.
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. Ariya and sister Moriya are commonly known by their family nicknames of May and Mo.
Played as the Honda LPGA Thailand (May 6-9). Second-placed Atthaya Thitikul (Thai) finished 1 shot behind Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai). Patty Tavatanakit, also from Thailand, was part of a four-way tie for third. [Old course, Siam CC, Pattaya].
Played as the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 14-17; LPGA Tour official team event; 72 two-player teams competing in foursome/alternate shot and betterball formats). Second-placed and defending team of Thidapa "Jasmine" Suwannapura (Thai) & Cydney Clanton (USA) finished 3 shots behind sisters Ariya & Moriya ("May & Mo") Jutanugarn (Thai), who claimed their 12th and 2nd LPGA opur titles respectively. [Midland CC, Midland, Michigan].
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
Played as the Kingsmill Championship presented by GEICO (May 17-20). Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) beat Nasa Hataoka (Jpn) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-4 18th), who won this event for the second time in three years. 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].
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].
Played as the Manulife LPGA Classic (June 8-11). Ariya 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.].
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 Ariya 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].
Played as the inaugural LPGA Volvik Championship (May 26-29). Second-placed Christina Kim (USA) finished 5 shots behind Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai), who recorded her third straight LPGA Tour win. [Travis Pointe CC, Ann Arbor, Michigan].
Played as the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC (May 19-22). Second-placed Su Oh (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai), who recorded her second straight win on the LPGA Tour. [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].
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].
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.
Played as the Canadian Pacific Women's Open (Aug 25-28). Second-placed Sei Young Kim (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai), who claimed a fifth LPGA Tour win in her last ten starts, and fifth win in 2016. [Priddis Greens G&CC, Priddis, nr Calgary, Alberta].
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.
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 20-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai), who recorded her first LPGA Tour win. [Senator course, RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, Prattville, Alabama].
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.
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].
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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