Second success on the LPGA Tour for Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul, 19 from Ratchaburi, who finished with 196 (67 61 68, -17) hits the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented By P&G on the course of the Pinnacle Country Club (par 71), in Rogers in Arkansas, where Giulia Molinaro, 71st with 139 (72 67, -3), was cut off by a stroke.
Atthaya Thitikul, results
Atthaya Thitikul, who has also won the Ladies European Tour four times (twice as an amateur), finished the tournament on par with Danielle Kang (196 - 67 65 64) - recently returned to racing having had to be treated for a serious illness to the spine - and then passed it on the second playoff hole.
Round in 68 (-3) strokes for Thitikul with four birdies and a bogey and in 64 (-7) for Kang, best set of the day, with five birdies and an eagle that, arrived on the last hole, determined the playoffs. In third place with 197 (-16) the Korean Chella Choi, in the fourth with 199 (-14) the Thai Pornanong Phatlum and among the seven competitors in fifth with 200 (-13) Lizette Salas, the New Zealander Lydia Ko and the French Celine Boutier.
Defense of the title failed by the Japanese Nasa Hataoka, 58th with 209 (-4), and a tournament to forget for Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson and for the Australian Minjee Lee, all exits to the cut, fell to 138 (-4), with the same 140 (-2).
The winner was rewarded with a check for $ 345,000 out of a prize pool of $ 2,300,000. Atthaya Thitikul, nicknamed Jean, Gino, is a Thai golfer. Currently playing on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour, Atthaya is the youngest golfer in the world to win a professional golf tournament.
She won the Ladies European Thailand Championship on 9 July 2017 as an amateur golfer. and is only 14 years, 4 months, 19 days. In addition, Atthaya also won the gold medal. Mixed team in golf at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Argentina Atthaya wins in LPGA first tour at the JTBC Classic in Carlsbad California on March 27, 2022.
As of March 2022, Atthaya has won one professional title on the LPGA Tour and four more on the Ladies European Tour while aged 19. Atthaya was born on February 20, 2003 in Ban Pong District. Ratchaburi Son of Montree and Siriwan Thitikul Atthaya in childhood was allergic.
So the family found a way to strengthen their immunity by teaching them to play a sport. Grandfather Nattapong Thitikul chose between golf and tennis. Both of which are sports that can be developed into a career in the future.
Atthaya, who often watched tennis matches on television, thought to himself, If playing tennis, having to run around all the time would be too tired. So decided to choose golf, which is a less tiring sport instead. She learned to play golf at the age of 6.