2018 Kingsmill Champiobship Presented By Geico: Ariya captures victory from playoff

On May 17 to 20 at Williamsburg, Virginia

Due to bad weather, the tournament was shorten. Play has been suspended on Saturday and resumed on Sunday.


In the final, three players fire four teen under-pars 199. Our Ariya Jutanugarn ended the long game at the second playoff round.

‘After a long week of waiting out the weather, 54 holes was not enough to decide the 14th annual Kingsmill Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun and Nasa Hataoka all posted 14-under to extend to a three-way playoff.

On the first playoff, the par-4 18th, Jutanugarn was second to play and made a 20-foot birdie putt. Hataoka responded with an 8-footer to match and extend to a second playoff hole.

Chun was first to putt and was unable to make birdie so it was down to two.

On the second playoff hole, Ariya Jutanugarn drilled a 15-footer to claim her first win of the season and eighth of her career. Hataoka went long on her approach and was unable to match Jutanugarn. It was her second win at the River Course. Jutanugarn also won the Kingsmill Championship in 2016.

Jutanugarn’s have now won two of the last four tournaments on the LPGA. Moriya won the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in mid-April.

– LPGA Official Website (1) :http://www.lpga.com/news/2018-five-things-to-know-sunday-at-kingsmill-championship

Shortened to 54 holes by brutal weather, the Kingsmill Championship was just too good to end in that abbreviated time frame and instead needed two extra holes before Ariya Jutanugarn outlasted InGee Chun and Nasa Hataoka to take the title. Jutanugarn, who won this tournament in 2016, closed with a 66 to finish at 14 –under-par 199, tied with Hataoka, who posted a 67, and Chun, who closed with a 68.

In Gee Chun

In the playoff, both Jutanugarn and Hataoka birdied the first extra hole – No. 18 – and that eliminated Chun, who made par. Ariya again birdied the 18th while Hataoka made par and that gave her the eighth title of her LPGA career. The 22-year-old from Thailand won five times in 2016, including the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and twice last year, capping the season with the CME Group Tour Championship.

“Actually, I feel it,”Jutanugarn said asked how she blocked out the pressure in the closing round. “I was just really excited about that. I did not feel that much pressure because I did a great job today. So whatever, I’m going to win or lose, I’m very proud of that.” And proud she should be. To birdie the difficult 18th twice in a playoff is a stunning accomplishment.


Nasa Hataoka

She started the final round two strokes behind Chun but took control with birdies on Nos. 3, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11. She stumbled when she made a bogey of the par-5 15th hole. Then Hataoka birdied No. 15 to pull even at 14 under par and Chun birdied the 17th, setting up the three-way playoff.

– LPGA Official Website (2): http://www.lpga.com/news/2018-jutanugarn-win-could-lead-to-more