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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 205
The 20-year-old from Bangkok put on a clinic in claiming the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn, edging Mirim Lee, who opened with a 62, and 2014 winner Mo Martin for a three-shot cushion. Whereas winning the ANA might have been considered left-field, victory this past weekend served as validation of a breakthrough season. That’s how quickly Jutanugarn has ascended the summit. “I think it’s really important for me and for Thai golf, also,” Jutanugarn said of her first major and fourth title in the past 84 days. “I really wanted to win a major and I did. I’m really proud of my achievement because I accomplished my goal this year.” Jutanugarn was as economic as she was electric across Woburn’s Marquess’ course. Her driver never even came out of her locker as she missed only 12 fairways and 13 greens all week while remaining miserly with the putter (116 putts) en route to a 16-under tally. The majority of the heavy lifting came in the first three rounds that took her to 16-under, an even-par 72 on Sunday enough to seal it. “I just try do nothing ... keep the ball, go do the next shot. I want to have a really good routine so when I get really excited or nervous, I know what I have to do,” Jutanugarn said of her post-ANA habit of challenging herself to smile before striking a shot – and her ability to bounce back, which she had to do after the Women’s British Open a year ago yielded a tenth straight missed cut. “I think everything in the past is good for me, because I learned a lot from that and especially when I miss like ten cuts in a row, I know how to come back. I know how to be patient. Feels like everybody is going to have like bad times in their life and I think I have that already.” Jutanugarn now sits No.3 in the world, with Ko and Brooke Henderson – also major winners in 2016 – the only players ahead of her. The Thai golfer might lack the precision of the Kiwi but she owns panache the equal of the Canadian. Collectively, the trio are a combined 57 years old – or roughly one Bernhard Langer. Golf’s young and restless, irresistible and irrefutably good. Not that we’re saying that’s a ‘Big’ deal. E
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