Australian Women's Open: Top players not worried about No 1
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn is resigned to the fact that 2017 couldn't possibly be better than her breakout year in 2016. A day ahead of the start of the Women's Australian Open at Royal Adelaide, the 21-year-old Thai golfer also says she's not putting pressure on herself to overtake Lydia Ko for the No. 1 ranking.
After winning five tournaments last year, Jutanugarn captured the LPGA Tour's player of the year award, the money title and the season-long points competition that came with a $1 million bonus.
"I'm not going to try to compare myself this year with last year, because this year, it's not going to be like 2016," Jutanugarn said Wednesday. "I'm just going to try my best with everything and try to be more happy on the course and try to have fun."
Jutanugarn made her comments not long after Ko said she wasn't concerned about being on the radar of other golfers wishing to overtake her for the top ranking. And Jutanugarn also played down the importance of her ranking.
"This year, my target, I won't worry about the ranking at all," she said. "I mean, there's going to be a lot of expectation from other people, so I want to play with my own expectations."
Jutanugarn will tee off in the first round on Thursday afternoon with defending champion Haru Nomura of Japan and England's Charley Hull.
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