Red-hot Ariya blitzes field to win Cana­dian Open

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THAI­LAND’S Ariya Ju­tanu­garn closed with a 12-foot birdie putt to eas­ily win the Cana­dian Women’s Open by four strokes on Au­gust 28 and post her fifth vic­tory of 2016.

The 20-year-old Ariya en­tered the fi­nal round with a two-shot lead and never wa­vered as she stormed to vic­tory on the Prid­dis Greens course in Cal­gary, Al­berta.

Ariya, of Bangkok, also kept her per­fect 54-hole record in­tact as she has won each time she has led this year head­ing into the fourth round. She fin­ished in style mak­ing birdie on holes 12, 14, 15 and 18.

“I felt like I wanted to have fun and be happy on the course. No mat­ter what’s go­ing to hap­pen, I can han­dle it,” said Ariya. “I feel re­ally happy with my­self right now.”

The world num­ber two Ariya closed with a six-un­der 66 to fin­ish at 23-un­der 265 and beat South Korea’s Kim Sei-Young by four strokes.

Ariya posted three con­sec­u­tive wins in May this year. She added a fourth win at the Women’s Bri­tish Open be­fore go­ing to the Olympics, where she pulled out due to a left knee in­jury.

South­east Asian play­ers dom­i­nated the top of the leader­board in Cal­gary, tak­ing the first three spots. There was just one Amer­i­can in the top nine play­ers.

Kim shot a clos­ing 65. A two-time tour win­ner this year, Kim fin­ished in the top 10 for the sixth time in 2016.

South Korean Chun In-Gee, the win­ner of the 2015 US Women’s Open, took third at 270 af­ter a 69. Crowd favourite Alena Sharp, of Canada, wound up a ca­reer-best fourth af­ter a 67 left her at 272.

Round­ing out the top five were Kar­rie Webb of Australia and Anna Nordqvist of Swe­den at 273.

The top-ranked Ly­dia Ko, who has won the event three times, tied for sev­enth at 275.

Ko en­tered the fi­nal round trail­ing Ariya by seven shots.

“I’m happy with it, and es­pe­cially when I’m de­fend­ing and I’m still able to have a top-10 fin­ish,” Ko said.

Photo: AFP

Ariya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land kisses the Cana­dian Pa­cific Women’s Open tro­phy af­ter she won the event at Prid­dis Greens Golf and Coun­try Club on Au­gust 28.

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