Ariya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, has received the 2018 Rolex ANNIKA Main Award, which recognises the participant who has probably the most excellent file in all 5 main championships in the course of the present LPGA Tour season.
Jutanugarn obtained the honour because of her win on the U.S. Ladies’s Open, her second profession main championship victory, and ties for fourth place on the ANA Inspiration and the Ricoh Ladies’s British Open.
The 22-year-old, who joins Michelle Wie (2014), Inbee Park (2015), Lydia Ko (2016) and So Yeon Ryu (2017) as winners of the celebrated award, was recognised in a ceremony on the 18th inexperienced at The Evian Championship, concluding an thrilling season of majors in 2018.
“I really feel nice, I really feel actually honoured to affix the record of winners due to all the massive names,” mentioned Jutanugarn. “I watched Annika since I used to be younger. She is my idol as at all times. I’m actually like, ‘Look how she is doing?’ And I actually wish to comply with her footsteps. She conjures up me quite a bit, and I actually wish to thank her.”
Factors for the Rolex ANNIKA Main Award are awarded in any respect 5 main championships to rivals who end among the many high 10 and ties. To take residence the award, a participant should additionally win at the least one of many 5 majors. Pernilla Lindberg (ANA Inspiration), Sung Hyun Park (KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship), Georgia Corridor (Ricoh Ladies’s British Open) and Angela Stanford (The Evian Championship) have been the opposite gamers to qualify this season.
Heading into The Evian Championship, six gamers have been nonetheless within the operating for the 2018 Rolex ANNIKA Main Award however Sung Hyun Park dropped out of competition for the honour when she missed the minimize on Friday. That left RAMA standings chief Jutanugarn, Lindberg, Corridor, Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu to vie for the award during the last two rounds at Evian Resort Golf Membership.
Jutanugarn has loved among the finest campaigns of her LPGA profession this 12 months. Her three wins (Kingsmill Championship offered by GEICO, U.S. Ladies’s Open carried out by the USGA and Aberdeen Normal Investments Women Scottish Open) are the equal-most by a single participant on Tour this season and characterize the third successive time she has received a number of titles throughout the identical 12 months. Jutanugarn has racked up 10 extra top-10 finishes, together with a runner-up spot on the Financial institution of Hope Founders Cup.
Along with her third win this season, on the Aberdeen Normal Investments Women Scottish Open in late July, Jutanugarn moved again to No. 1 within the Rolex Ladies’s World Golf Rankings, a spot she held for 2 weeks throughout June of 2017. She is the one Thai participant (male or feminine) ever to achieve No. 1.
“I’m fairly blissful about the way in which I performed this season,” mentioned Jutanugarn. “I nonetheless have a number of issues to enhance and I actually wish to enhance quite a bit. I didn’t anticipate to be like this good earlier than, so all the pieces is simply good for me.”
A 10-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Jutanugarn earned Tour membership with a tie for third on the 2014 Qualifying Match. She claimed her first LPGA title on the 2016 Yokohama Tire LPGA Basic and ended up successful 4 extra instances that 12 months, together with the Ricoh Ladies’s British Open, earlier than changing into simply the second participant to win the Rolex Participant of the 12 months, Race to the CME Globe and the LPGA Official Cash Title in the identical season.
Jutanugarn landed two extra LPGA Tour victories in 2017, on the Manulife LPGA Basic and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. She additionally received the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour College in 2012 and is a two-time match champion on the Women European Tour.
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