Aug 30, 2016

    'Really happy' Ariya gets job done in Canada


    THAILAND's Ariya Jutanugarn closed with a 12-foot birdie putt to easily win the Canadian Women's Open by four strokes on Sunday and post her fifth victory of the year.

    The 20-year-old entered the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered as she stormed to victory on the Priddis Greens course in Calgary, Alberta.

    Ariya, of Bangkok, also kept her perfect 54-hole record intact as she has won each time she has led this year heading into the fourth round.

    She finished in style making birdie on Nos. 12, 14, 15 and 18.

    "I felt like I wanted to have fun and be happy on the course. No matter what's going to happen, I can handle it," said Ariya.

    "I feel really happy with myself right now."

    The world No. 2 closed with a six-under 66 to finish at 23-under 265 and beat South Korea's Kim Sei Young by four strokes.

    Ariya posted three consecutive wins in May.

    She added a fourth at the Women's British Open before going to the Olympics, where she pulled out due to a left knee injury.

    Asian players dominated the top of the leaderboard on Sunday, taking the first three spots.

    There was just one American among the top nine players.

    Kim shot a closing 65.

    A two-time tour winner this year, she finished in the top 10 for the sixth time in 2016.

    South Korean Chun In Gee, winner of the 2015 US Women's Open, took third spot after a 69.

    Crowd favourite Alena Sharp, of Canada, wound up a career-best fourth after a 67 left her at 272.

    Rounding out the top five were Karrie Webb of Australia and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden at 273.

    Top-ranked Lydia Ko, who has won the event three times, tied for seventh at 275.

    She entered the final round trailing Ariya by seven shots.

    "I think I was a little far away going into today," said Ko.

    "But no, it's been a great week. I played solid all week, and there's a lot of positives to take from this week," she added.