In an event that could have been called The Redemption Open, Ariya Jutanugarn, last seen blowing a lead in the final three holes at the ANA Inspiration, made a clutch up-and-down par on the final hole to finish 14-under at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Capitol Hill Senator Course in Prattville, Ala., to capture her first career LPGA victory by a single shot.
Stacy Lewis, who is one month shy of going two full years without a win, started the final round five shots back before making precision birdies on Nos. 1, 10, 13 and 14 to pull within a shot of the lead. But she missed birdie putts from short range at 16 and 17 to fall short again. This is Lewis’ 10th runner-up finish since her last victory. Morgan Pressel, who hasn’t won since 2008, birdied the final hole to shoot 68 and also finish a shot back, along with Amy Yang, who has only won twice on tour despite owning the kind of talent that had many predicting a Hall of Fame career.
How it Happened:
Jutanugarn got on an historic roll on Saturday, birdieing eight of nine holes on the back nine for a 28 and a career-best round of 63. That opened up a three-shot lead over Ryann O’Toole and Minjee Lee. But the same nerves that cost the 20-year-old Jutanugarn two earlier victories she seemingly had in hand came roaring back on Sunday in Alabama. …..READ FULL ARTICLE