Hull wins title while Ariya,
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.