The turning point for the Jutanugarn sisters came when they realized there was no turning point. The key that unlocked golf’s secrets fell into their hands when they grasped that the game doesn’t begin on the first tee and end on 18th green. To be a great player, they believe, you must first be a happy person, a giving person. In the children of Thailand, Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn found a reason to pursue greatness.
Ask Ariya and Moriya about their goals and they both say: “To be a happy golfer.” And through the bumps and bruises of life as a professional golfer they have learned that happiness is not a destination but rather a goal endlessly pursued. As a new season begins, the path they travel together seem as magical as Dorothy’s yellow brick road.
The Jutanugarns are home this week for the Honda LPGA Thailand with Ariya – known to her friends as May – No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings and Moriya – who goes by Mo – No. 18. Mo, 24, is a year older than May, several inches shorter and a little more outgoing, although both are shy by nature. But in each other they have a sisterly support system that is a winning combination.
May won everything the LPGA has to offer in 2018: Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy for scoring average, the Race to the CME Globe $1 million bonus, the money title, the Rolex Annika Major Award for best performance in the majors and had the U.S. Women’s Open among the three victories that gave her 10 overall in her career.
Mo, meanwhile, pick...
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