Can Ariya 3-peat?

It’s not an easy feat for a golfer to play three tournaments and win all three, especially all in a row. But if Ariya Jutanugarn wins tomorrow, she would have done it. She would have changed history and made it a 3-peat. Lydia Ko almost did that earlier this year when she won back-to-back, at the KIA Classic then at the ANA Inspiration. If she had won the Lotte Championship then she would have 3-peated. But she missed it.

Ariya has been playing really exceptional and people are starting to notice. I remember walking with Ariya at the CP Women’s Open last year and she did not have a single fan in the gallery. Now at the Volvik Championship, she has a few more fans. If I was there, I would have followed her and watched her play.

Lets all see if Ariya can pull this off. Surely someone would like to hoist up a new trophy but if no one can play as good as Ariya, she will have to do it again and I’m pretty sure she will.

 

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Did Ariya 2-peat?

Can a player win a tournament, fly home to meet the Prime Minister of Thailand and to sign a get well card for the King then head back to the US to prepare for the Kingsmill Championship and win it? If we are talking about Ariya Jutanugarn then the answer is a loud “YES”.

Ariya came from behind on third round to take the lead. Other promising players like Stacy Lewis, In Gee Chun and So Yeon Ryu were one stroke behind and all of them except In Gee was the outright leader.

Judy Rankin on the Golf Channel liked the way Ariya swings her club. We see her struggle on the tee box with her M1 driver, often pulling it left like she did yesterday. But as a strong player, she managed to bat it out and was on the side of the green in two. She saved par and moved on like nothing had happened. Talk about confidence.

It is going to be a huge celebration for the Jutanugarn’s family tonight. Hope she invites all her friends and fans but I know I am dreaming. Congratulations again Ariya!

It’s a Close Out Event

If Ariya Jutanugarn could close out her match at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic today, she will make her country Thailand so proud. She will also make her critics whine like a baby and she will gain back fans that followed her at the ANA Inspiration that were rooting for her to win. Ariya deserves to win today but only if she could stay loose and free.

Amy Yang is creeping up the leaderboard after birdie’ing 4 holes. She started the day at -8 and now she is at -12, just a few strokes short of Ariya. Amy is a fighter and has the right combination of skill and attitude to take a tournament. Ariya has to be careful with her carefree nature and not let her casualness take over her emotions. She has to put a little care in her game, instead of taking it for granted like she did at the ANA where she lost the match in the last 3 holes.

 

Ariya is Close Again

If you’re listening Ariya, please win the tournament in Texas this weekend. It would bring so much happiness to fans in Thailand and here. Your sister Moriya will celebrate it with you and so would your mom and brother. Ariya Jutanugarn played so well today that she could have ended the day higher than third on the leaderboard. She played fearlessly. It was unheard of but she went for the green in two on the last hole. A wonderful chip and a great putt earned her a birdie. Nice shot Ariya!

According to Judy Rankin, Ariya’s swing is compact and repeatable. It is a beautiful golf swing and Ariya can win more tournaments because she is a good player. Judy thinks that Ariya is an untapped player, ready to be a star but unfortunately, she can’t seem to close. The last time she was leading a tournament was at the ANA Inspiration before faltering on the last 3 holes. Ariya was a bundle of nerves and pulled her tee shot into the water. She could have tied Lydia Ko and force a playoff but instead, she fell down the leaderboard.

Ariya needs to believe that she can win here. Don’t let this opportunity get away from you. Win it for Thailand.