Jutanugarn claims third successive LPGA win

Sun May 29, 2016 8:57pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Ariya Jutanugarn became the first in LPGA Tour history to claim her first three victories in successive tournaments, cruising to a five-shot win at the inaugural Volvik Championship in Michigan on Sunday.

On the heels of wins earlier this month in Alabama and Virginia, the rising Thai star closed with a bogey-free 67 for a 15-under total of 273 and a big win over American Christina Kim (71) at the Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.

Canadian Brooke Henderson (68) and American Jessica Korda (72) finished equal third at nine-under.

Ariya, 20, is the first to win three in a row on the LPGA Tour since South Korean Park In-bee in 2013.

With the remarkable run, Ariya has her sights set on winning a major. She will have her chance at the Women’s PGA Championship in suburban Seattle in a fortnight.

The long-hitting Ariya did not hit her driver all week because of the fast and firm conditions at Travis Pointe.

"I mean, when I see the course, I just feel like it's really hard for me because I can't hit my driver and I really have to have a good game plan," Jutanugarn told reporters.

"So to be honest, first time I see it, I think this course is hard and I don't think I'm going to win, I just really want to do my best."

Ariya began the final round with a one-shot lead over Kim and Korda and distanced herself from her challengers with birdies at 13, 14, 16 and 17.   Continued...