Hull wins ti­tle while Ariya,

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

THAI­LAND’S Ariya Ju­tanu­garn (pix) took LPGA Player of the Year hon­ours and a US$1mil­lion bonus prize yes­ter­day while Bri­tain’s Charley Hull cap­tured the sea­son-end­ing Tour Cham­pi­onship with a 72-hole course record.

The final day of the 2016 cam­paign also saw South Korean Chun In-Gee birdie the last three holes to edge New Zealand’s top-ranked Ly­dia Ko for the Vare Tro­phy for the sea­son’s low scor­ing av­er­age in a bat­tle that went down to the last stroke.

Ariya, whose first five LPGA ti­tles this year in­cluded her first ma­jor at the Women’s Bri­tish Open, only shared fourth but with teenager Ko only shar­ing 10th, the re­sult was good enough to claim Player of the Year and Race to the Globe sea­son points bonus.

“I had my goal to win my first tour­na­ment and I did. To win the Player of the Year, it’s huge,” said the Thai. Hull, a 20-year-old from Eng­land, won her first US ti­tle and first crown since 2014 by fir­ing a final-round 66, six-un­der par, to fin­ish on 19-un­der 269 – shat­ter­ing the old Tiburon Golf Club mark of 271 set by Amer­i­can Cristie Kerr last year.

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