Ariya Jutanugarn bounces back for fifth win of season
Ariya Jutanugarn headed into the Rio Olympics with eyes set on a medal. She lead after the first round and appeared poised to make a run. An uncharacteristically very poor third caused by a knee injury forced Jutanugarn to withdraw from the event. She bounced back just a little over a week later, winning the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open by four shots over Sei Young Kim and five shots over In Gee Chun.
Jutanugarn started the final round 17-under par after putting together rounds of 68, 64 and 67. Not carrying a driver in her bag and using mostly irons all day, she was completely dialed in most of the round. Jutanugarn birdied the opening hole and following a bogey and four pars, she birdied 7 and 8. Finishing the front nine at two under for the day, Ariya Jutanugarn kicked it into gear with birdies at 12, 14 and 15, after nearly acing the hole. She finished off her fifth win of the season and fifth career LPGA win with a birdie on 18 to finish at 23-under par.
Sei Young Kim was excellent all day, recording eight birdies with a lone bogey for a final round of 65 to finish at 19-under par. In Gee Chun started the day just two shots back and while her final round of 69 was respectable, was not enough to keep up with Kim and Jutanugarn.
Alena Sharp was the top finishing Canadian in the field, finishing fourth at 16-under par after a final round of 67. Top Canadian player, Brooke Henderson finished tied for 14th with seven others at 11-under par.
The round of the day went to Karrie Webb. Starting the day at 7-under par, Webb birdied the sixth, eighth and ninth. After a relatively quiet one under back nine through the 14th, she ran off four consecutive birdies to finish at 8-under for the day and 15-under for the tournament. She was joined by Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, who posted a final round of 68.
The LPGA heads to Ontario, Canada for the Manulife LPGA Classic September 1-4. Suzann Pettersen is the defending champion.