Ariya Jutanugarn wins the Manulife LPGA Classic after a three-way play-off at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.
Ariya, from Thailand, shot a final round -3 under par 69 to tie the Manulife LPGA Classic lead at -17 under with Lexi Thompson, U.S.A. even par 72 today, and In Gee Chun, South Korea who carded a last round -2 under 68.
Ariya made birdie on the first play-of hole, the par four 18th, to claim her 6th LPGA victory, which should also elevate her to #1 in the Rolex Rankings;
“I just can’t believe I win the tournament.”
“When I got here I didn’t feel comfortable to hit the golf ball and I was scared to hit my tee shot.”
“I just went out; and today is really windy and pretty hard to make birdie and even hit on the green.”
“I just made sure I’m committed to every shot and go out and have fun.”.
“To be honest, I didn’t pay attention with the ranking. I only want to go out and have fun.”
Lexi suffered from a bad bout with her putter, on the last few holes;
“I made everything it seemed like all week, and then just two last putts I guess on the last two holes, actually last three holes.”
“I had like a five-footer, six-footer, and about a four-footer and missed them all.”
“If I made those I would’ve won, but that’s golf I guess.”
In Gee is happy with her progress;
“I think we’re almost there. Everything is good.”
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, was in fourth place at -16 under par, a final round of -3 under 69 moving her up the leaderboard.
Best placed Canadian lady was Brooke Henderson, a last round -1 under 71 not good enough to get her into the mix. She blamed poor putting for her failure today;
“I missed a lot of putts today.”