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Ariya triumphs at home

Ariya Jutanugarn finally got her hands on the Honda LPGA Thailand title after 14 years of trying yesterday, beating compatriot Atthaya Thitikul by one stroke in a dramatic finish to the US$1.6-million tournament. Having hit a ninth birdie at the 18th hole to sign for a flawless 63, the 25-year-old Thai had a nervous wait in the clubhouse before her 11th LPGA title was confirmed as a thunderstorm forced a one-hour suspension of play. Atthaya, who had led by a shot with two holes to play, was the only one of the six players still on the course who could still catch Ariya — a shot off the lead with her round paused on the 18th fairway. After play resumed at Siam Country Club, however, the teenager was only able to par the 18th for a 68 to fall one stroke short of Ariya’s tally of 22-under 266. Former world No. 1 Ariya, who made her debut at the tournament as an 11-year-old amateur in 2007, shed tears of joy as she became the first Thai to win the title.


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