Ariya Jutanugarn Looks For Three in a Row at Volvik Championship

Ariya Jutanugarn is on the rise.

Jumping on to the LPGA after finishing third at the 2014 LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Ariya Jutanugarn had a very solid, yet unspectacular rookie season in 2015.  She made 17 cuts in 29 events with four top-ten finishes and sixth in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race.

Jutanugarn started the season very slowly, missing the cut in the first event and only one finish higher than 48th (tied for fourth at HSBC Women’s Champions in early March) over the next five events. She’s found her game of late and is now quickly ascending the ranks in the LPGA tour.

A strong sixth place finish at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout lead to back to back victories at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic and Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC. She shot a combined 28 under par with her worst round an even par 72.

Rapdily becoming a household name amongst LPGA fans, Jutanugarn is off to a hot start this weekend at the LPGA Volvik Championhip in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is sitting at the top of the leaderboard at 11 under par through two rounds.  Sitting behind her just two shots back are So Yeon Ryu, Marina Alex and Christina Kim. Alex has never won on tour, Ryu has three victories and Kim has three victories, most recent dating back to 2014.

Jutanugarn, a 20-year old from Thailand, is one of only six players from Thailand in the top 100 on the LPGA tour money list this season. Already ranked the top player from Thailand in the world, Jutanugarn could quickly come into the argument at one of the top few players on the LPGA tour by sealing a victory this weekend.  Some may argue that she is on a hot streak and really hasn’t proven herself besides these last few events. Should Jutanugarn play consistently well, earning another few victories and top ten finishes this sesaon, there will be no questioning her legitimacy as one of the very best on the LPGA tour.

Lauren von Bernuth