London, England: Titleist golf ball loyalist Ariya Jutanugarn (Pro V1x) could not contain her delight.
“It feels great. After my first tournament on Tour, my goal is I really want to win a Major. And I did, so I’m very proud,” said the 19-year-old Thai, in the wake of her three-shot victory at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Ariya, who ran off the three straight victories in May to become the LPGA Tour’s first Thai champion, is now the first Thai Major champion.
“I think it’s really important for me and for Thai golf, also,” Ariya said of the accomplishment. “I hope I can inspire somebody in Thailand.”
Ariya closed with a birdie at 17 at Woburn Golf and Country Club and a textbook par at 18, carding an even-par 72 en route to a 16-under 272 victory total.
She was embraced by her mother after sealing the victory. “My mother cried at the end,” Ariya said. “She said: ‘Thank you’, and that made my day.”
American Mo Martin (Pro V1), who won in 2014, and South Korean Mirim Lee (Pro V1x), tied for second giving Titleist players the top three positions on the leaderboard.
In fact, six of the top 10 finishers relied upon Titleist golf balls.
Lee had matched the tournament record with an opening round of 10-under-par 62 and also led after the second round.
TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS
Titleist was the top choice in the Women’s British Open field with 106 players trusting a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success.
That was more than eight times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.
The win was the 13th for Titleist golf ball players this season, more than three times the nearest competitor with four.
*Titleist is part of the Acushnet company, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation
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