Honda LPGA Thailand R4

Ariya Jutanugarn back in the winner's circle after 1,507 days

Honda Thailand 2021 R4
May 06-09
Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course, Chonbury, Thailand
$1,600,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

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Ariya Jutanugarn made a birthday promise to her mental coaches Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott ahead of the final round.


Honda Thailand 2021 R4

“Today is Pia’s birthday, and I talked to them and I’m like, you know, I hit my iron like everywhere. I miss the putt. I mean, I feel like so tough for me. What should I do?” said Jutanugarn. “They’re just like, How about you just go out, have good commitment, and not thinking about the outcome. So can you do that for my birthday present? Okay, I will try harder.”

She started her round five shot behind leader Patty Tavatanakit and made back-to-back birdies on her first three holes closing the front nine with a 30 while hitting every green and fairway.


Honda Thailand 2021 R4

“I want to say honestly (I felt confident) after first hole, because, you know, like the green is pretty narrow 1st hole, and normally I’m going to be struggle to hit it on the green because I not really have good commit,” said Jutanugarn. “I’m thinking about miss the shot, but somehow today I’m not thinking about miss the shot and I hit it so good on the green, two-putt, birdie. And second hole I miss my second shot and make long putt, and third hole I hit it like this close. I’m like, you know what, today is going to be good day because I just have to keep do what I have to do, keep commitment.”

She closed the final round with a 63, her lowest 18-hole score since recording a 62 at the Meijer LPGA Classic, and took the clubhouse lead at 22-under while play was halted due to the weather and the final two groups finished.


Honda Thailand 2021 R4

18-year-old Atthaya Thitikul, playing in the final grouping, needed an eagle to win or a birdie to force a playoff. When play resumed she finally landed her approach to the green, a three-putt on the final hole, meaning Jutanugarn had earned her first victory in 1,507 days.

“On the putting green I wanted to watch how they play so bad. I want to know because I feel like I have to go playoff anyway, but my caddie stop me doing that,” said Jutanugarn. “He’s like, You watch or you not watching them play the result not going to change. How about you just putt and practice? And I’m like, Okay, I do it. So I putt, keep putt, and he walk to me and give me a hug, so like, oh, I win the tournament.”


Honda Thailand 2021 R4

Jutanugarn is the first Thai player to win in her home country on the LPGA Tour.

“It just feels so good, not only for Thai player to win, but I would say I have really tough time last two years. I’m thinking about like, you know, I don’t know how many time I told my psychology, like, you know, what I want to rest, no more. I want to stop for a while. Every time when I look at all the kids and I want them to — give them inspiration. So I feel like you know what, don’t give up. Do your best. Try harder. Keep trying. One day you will get it.”

Thitikul, a five-time Thai LPGA winner, closed with a 68 to finish at 21-under in solo second, her career-best finish on the LPGA Tour.

“You know this is like my new experience having so pretty close with the win (on the LPGA Tour), but I just last putt I just feel like, okay, give me a good one and do my best that I can. And, yeah, you know, like I’m already proud of myself that I am do the best that I can.”


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Honda Thailand 2021 R4

54-hole leader Tavatanakit fell out of contention after bogeys on the 6th and 9th wiped out the three birdies she had made on the 3rd, 5th and 7th. A double bogey at the 12th further derailed the major champion, but two closing birdies left her in a tie for third place with So Yeon Ryu, Amy Yang and Angel Yin at 20-under.

“It was worth the trip. It was worth the time. It was worth everything. I’m just really glad I’m played here and played great, too,” said Tavatanakit.

Chella Choi and Hannah Green finished in a tie for seventh at 4-under, with Green notching her third-straight top-three result.

“Shot 4-under today. Wish I could have capitalized on the last hole, but I think with a little bit of a break kind of was hard with the delay,” said Green. “But if you told me that I was going to come in the Top 10 at the start of the week I probably would’ve taken it. Seeing the forecast with the heat and the possible storms, I’m very happy.”

Honda Thailand 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
1
Ariya Jutanugarn
-22
65-69-69-63
266
2
Atthaya Thitikul
-21
64-67-68-68
267
T3
So Yeon Ryu
-20
69-70-65-64
268
T3
Amy Yang
-20
69-65-70-64
268
T3
Angel Yin
-20
72-65-65-66
268
T3
Patty Tavatanakit
-20
64-64-70-70
268
T7
Chella Choi
-19
69-68-65-67
269
T7
Hannah Green
-19
66-71-64-68
269
T9
Gaby Lopez
-18
69-64-67-70
270
T9
Caroline Masson
-18
66-66-67-71
270
11
Lydia Ko
-17
66-67-67-71
271
12
In Gee Chun
-16
72-68-65-67
272
T13
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-15
68-72-70-63
273
T13
Danielle Kang
-15
69-67-71-66
273
T13
Carlota Ciganda
-15
67-71-67-68
273
T13
Xiyu Lin
-15
67-72-65-69
273
T17
Celine Boutier
-13
68-70-71-66
275
T17
Emily Kristine Pedersen
-13
72-68-67-68
275
T17
Gerina Piller
-13
68-72-67-68
275
T17
Moriya Jutanugarn
-13
70-70-66-69
275
T17
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-13
65-68-73-69
275
T17
Ashleigh Buhai
-13
67-69-68-71
275
T23
Yealimi Noh
-12
69-71-69-67
276
T23
Yui Kawamoto
-12
69-72-67-68
276
T23
Ayako Uehara
-12
69-71-66-70
276
T23
Sophia Popov
-12
72-67-65-72
276
T27
Shanshan Feng
-11
71-71-67-68
277
T27
Amy Olson
-11
69-72-67-69
277
T27
Eun-Hee Ji
-11
68-69-71-69
277
T27
Hee Young Park
-11
68-66-74-69
277
T31
Mirim Lee
-10
71-68-71-68
278
T31
Katherine Kirk
-10
73-64-68-73
278
T31
Nasa Hataoka
-10
69-67-69-73
278
T34
Bronte Law
-9
72-71-69-67
279
T34
Charley Hull
-9
71-71-69-68
279
T34
Hinako Shibuno
-9
68-72-70-69
279
T34
Jeongeun Lee6
-9
73-66-68-72
279
T34
Nicole Broch Larsen
-9
67-69-71-72
279
T39
Wei-Ling Hsu
-8
71-70-74-65
280
T39
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-8
71-70-72-67
280
T41
Megan Khang
-7
73-73-65-70
281
T41
Madelene Sagstrom
-7
69-71-70-71
281
T43
Azahara Munoz
-6
71-73-70-68
282
T43
Muni He
-6
75-71-67-69
282
T43
Annie Park
-6
73-71-69-69
282
T43
Wichanee Meechai
-6
72-71-69-70
282
T43
Jaye Marie Green
-6
71-70-70-71
282
T43
Pornanong Phatlum
-6
70-69-70-73
282
T49
Brittany Lincicome
-5
67-74-72-70
283
T49
Caroline Inglis
-5
74-68-70-71
283
T49
Hyo Joo Kim
-5
73-67-72-71
283
T49
Kristen Gillman
-5
73-69-68-73
283
T49
Cydney Clanton
-5
74-65-69-75
283
T54
Jasmine Suwannapura
-4
76-69-70-69
284
T54
Minjee Lee
-4
71-70-73-70
284
T54
Georgia Hall
-4
72-75-66-71
284
T57
Chanettee Wannasaen
-3
71-78-68-68
285
T57
Anna Nordqvist
-3
75-71-71-68
285
T57
Tiffany Joh
-3
72-73-72-68
285
T57
Sarah Schmelzel
-3
72-71-74-68
285
T57
Sung Hyun Park
-3
73-73-67-72
285
62
Alena Sharp
-2
71-72-71-72
286
T63
In Kyung Kim
-1
72-73-70-72
287
T63
Yu Liu
-1
75-69-70-73
287
T63
Su Oh
-1
72-68-74-73
287
66
Brittany Altomare
+1
67-76-71-75
289
67
Cheyenne Knight
+2
77-72-68-73
290
68
Jing Yan
+3
76-71-74-70
291
T69
Jenny Shin
+4
74-74-74-70
292
T69
Mind Muangkhumsakul
+4
73-72-76-71
292
T71
Maria Fernanda Torres
+5
78-73-70-72
293
T71
Mi Hyang Lee
+5
73-73-74-73
293
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