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Ariya's record run knocks Minjee down a rung

Minjee Lee
Minjee Lee drives during her final round in Michigan.

Ariya Jutanurgarn’s extraordinary run on the LPGA Tour continued this morning with her record third consecutive victory.

The Thai 20-year-old, a pro for four years but winless on the LPGA Tour until this month, was almost flawlessin a closing five-under-par 67 to ensure a commanding five-shot victory in the Volvik Championship in Michigan.

Western Australia’s Minjee Lee closed with a 74 to fall into a tie for 20th and was overtaken by Jutanurgarn on the world rankings with the Thai leaping into a career-high 10th, knocking the Aussie down to 13th.

Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith continued her good recent run with a closing 72 to finish T48, while Sarah Kemp, of New South Wales, finished T60 after a final-round 74.

Victorian Su Oh fired a second-round 70, but couldn’t quite overcome the damage of her opening 77 and missed the cut by a stroke.

Since three straight late bogeys cost her a chance of victory at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, Jutanurgarn has been spectacular with her result sequence reading 4-T15-T19-6-1-1-1 since the end of March.


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