Aus­tralian Women's Open: Top play­ers not wor­ried about No 1

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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.

Here are some other things to know about the LPGA tour­na­ment which will help Royal Ade­laide cel­e­brate its 125th an­niver­sary.

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