“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.”
These were the words of Titleist golf ball loyalist Ariya Jutanugarn (Pro V1x) moments after she captured her first major title with a three-shot victory at the RICOH Women’s British Open.
Jutanugarn, 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,” Jutanugarn said of the accomplishment. “I hope I can inspire somebody in Thailand.”
Jutanugarn 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-par 272 victory total.
The 19-year-old was embraced by her mother after sealing the victory.
"My mother cried at the end," Jutanugarn said. "She said 'thank you', and that made my day.”
American Mo Martin (Pro V1), who won in 2014, and South Korea's 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.
Mirim Lee matched the tournament record Thursday with an opening round 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's 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.