Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn held off Australia's Su Hyun Oh on the back nine Sunday to win the LPGA Kingsmill Championship by one stroke and capture her second title in a row.

The 20-year-old from Bangkok became the first Thai player to win an LPGA title two weeks ago at the LPGA Classic in Alabama and made it back-to-back triumphs by shooting a four-under par 67 to finish 72 holes on 14-under 270.

Ariya said she found winning easier the second time around.

"A lot easier. I didn't get nervous," she said. "I didn't get excited until the last putt."

Ariya said she hopes her triumphs spark more Thai golfers and inspire others from her homeland to seek LPGA success.

"Right now we have a lot of players starting to play golf, a lot of juniors, and if I can inspire somebody, it's really great," she said. "I hope a lot of players come to the LPGA."

Oh, a South-Korean born Aussie playing on the eve of her 20th birthday, fired a 65 to finish second, with South Korea's Kim Sei-Young and American Gerina Piller sharing third on 272 after each shot 66 in the final round at Williamsburg, Virginia.

Oh's only win came in February last year in only her second pro event when she captured the Ladies Masters in Australia. Piller had been seeking her first LPGA crown while Kim won three tour titles last year and this year's Founders Cup in March.

After stumbling with a bogey at the par-3 second hole, Ariya answered with birdies at the par-5 third and par-4 fourth, added another at the par-5 seventh and closed the front nine with another birdie to reach 13 under.

Oh made an early charge to stay hot on Ariya's heels with a birdie at the third, a three-birdie run ending at the seventh and another at the ninth.

"I'm very happy with how it went. I got off to a really good start and just kept it going until the end," Oh said.

"It was just one shot at a time. In the middle I had a little bit of a flat with not too many birdies, but then I got it back going on the last five holes."

A bogey at the 12th dropped Oh back but she birdied at the par-5 15th to again draw one adrift of Ariya.

Piller made a late bid after birdies on the second and fourth holes and another at nine to answer her lone bogey at the eighth. She also birdied the 11th, 14th and 16th holes to reach 12 under as well.

But Ariya birdied the 15th to reach 14-under. Oh answered with a 25-foot birdie putt at 18 to pull within one while Kim closed with back-to-back birdies to match Piller for third.

Ariya still had to finish the last three holes at par to avoid a playoff and she did just that with three pars to seal the victory.

The clutch stretch run showed just how much better Ariya was handling the late tension after she squandered a two-shot lead by closing with three bogeys in a row to lose in the year's first women's major, the ANA Inspiration.

 

POS GOLFERTRKCNTSCOREWINNINGSR1R2R3R4TOTAL 
1  
Ariya Jutanugarn
  THA -14 $195,000 69 69 65 67 270  
2  
Su-Hyun Oh
  AUS -13 $119,198 69 70 67 65 271  
T3  
Sei Young Kim
  KOR -12 $76,680 67 72 67 66 272  
T3  
Gerina Piller
  USA -12 $76,680 67 71 68 66 272  
T5  
Mi Jung Hur
  KOR -10 $44,921 69 71 70 64 274  
T5  
Pornanong Phatlum
  THA -10 $44,921 67 72 65 70 274  
T5  
Lexi Thompson
  USA -10 $44,921 72 69 67 66 274  
T8  
Brittany Lincicome
  USA -9 $30,673 66 73 69 67 275  
T8  
Anna Nordqvist
  SWE -9 $30,673 70 70 69 66 275  
T10  
In Gee Chun
  KOR -8 $23,049 73 69 62 72 276  
T10  
Jessica Korda
  USA -8 $23,049 69 68 70 69 276  
T10  
Minjee Lee
  AUS -8 $23,049 66 71 68 71 276  
T10  
Caroline Masson
  DEU -8 $23,049 67 70 71 68 276  
T10  
So Yeon Ryu
  KOR -8 $23,049 71 64 69 72 276  
T15  
Amelia Lewis
  USA -7 $17,925 69 68 71 69 277  
T15  
Mo Martin
  USA -7 $17,925 70 69 70 68 277  
T15  
Mika Miyazato
  JPN -7 $17,925 65 71 70 71 277  
T18  
Brittany Altomare
  USA -6 $14,771 71 72 67 68 278  
T18  
Laetitia Beck
  ISR -6 $14,771 67 72 66 73 278  
T18  
Chella Choi
  KOR -6 $14,771 68 74 65 71 278  
T18  
Austin Ernst
  USA -6 $14,771 68 71 71 68 278  
T18  
Cristie Kerr
  USA -6 $14,771 68 74 64 72 278  
T18  
Lydia Ko
  NZL -6 $14,771 73 68 68 69 278  
T24  
Hyo Joo Kim
  KOR -5 $12,693 70 72 70 67 279  
T24  
Sakura Yokomine
  JPN -5 $12,693 71 69 69 70 279  
T26  
Brooke Henderson
  CAN -4 $10,898 70 71 71 68 280  
T26  
Stacy Lewis
  USA -4 $10,898 70 66 70 74 280  
T26  
Hee Young Park
  KOR -4 $10,898 72 69 67 72 280  
T26  
Kelly Shon
  USA -4 $10,898 73 70 70 67 280  
T26  
Karrie Webb
  AUS -4 $10,898 73 67 70 70 280  
T26  
Amy Yang
  KOR -4 $10,898 69 67 69 75 280  
T32  
Sandra Changkija
  USA -3 $8,214 71 69 70 71 281  
T32  
Sandra Gal
  DEU -3 $8,214 67 73 69 72 281  
T32  
Kim Kaufman
  USA -3 $8,214 71 70 71 69 281  
T32  
Alejandra Llaneza
  MEX -3 $8,214 70 69 67 75 281  
T32  
Ryann O'Toole
  USA -3 $8,214 69 69 74 69 281  
T32  
Suzann Pettersen
  NOR -3 $8,214 71 70 69 71 281  
T32  
Jenny Shin
  KOR -3 $8,214 74 69 67 71 281  
T32  
Ayako Uehara
  JPN -3 $8,214 69 74 67 71 281  
T40  
Marina Alex
  USA -2 $6,145 72 69 67 74 282  
T40  
Lindy Duncan
  USA -2 $6,145 72 68 70 72 282  
T40  
Tiffany Joh
  USA -2 $6,145 68 70 69 75 282  
T40  
Moriya Jutanugarn
  THA -2 $6,145 67 72 70 73 282  
T40  
Mirim Lee
  KOR -2 $6,145 72 69 68 73 282  
T40  
Beatriz Recari
  ESP -2 $6,145 71 72 69 70 282  
T46  
Katie Burnett
  USA -1 $4,959 72 71 69 71 283  
T46  
Perrine Delacour
  FRA -1 $4,959 73 67 71 72 283  
T46  
I.K. Kim
  KOR -1 $4,959 70 71 70 72 283  
T46  
Ai Miyazato
  JPN -1 $4,959 72 71 70 70 283  
T46  
Azahara Munoz
  ESP -1 $4,959 69 71 69 74 283  
T51  
Brittany Lang
  USA E $4,307 69 74 70 71 284  
T51  
Lee-Anne Pace
  ZAF E $4,307 73 67 73 71 284  
T51  
Christine Song
  USA E $4,307 71 71 70 72 284  
T54  
Na Yeon Choi
  KOR 1 $3,850 72 70 71 72 285  
T54  
Laura Davies
  ENG 1 $3,850 72 68 72 73 285  
T54  
Felicity Johnson
  ENG 1 $3,850 68 70 74 73 285  
T54  
Lizette Salas
  USA 1 $3,850 69 71 72 73 285  
T58  
Amy Anderson
  USA 2 $3,226 70 70 74 72 286  
T58  
Jennifer Johnson
  USA 2 $3,226 71 70 71 74 286  
T58  
Candie Kung
    2 $3,226 74 68 72 72 286  
T58  
Sydnee Michaels
  USA 2 $3,226 71 72 71 72 286  
T58  
Haru Nomura
  JPN 2 $3,226 72 69 71 74 286  
T58  
Ji Young Oh
  KOR 2 $3,226 71 71 70 74 286  
T58  
Morgan Pressel
  USA 2 $3,226 71 71 75 69 286  
T65  
Christina Kim
  USA 3 $2,904 71 71 72 73 287  
T65  
Lee Lopez
  USA 3 $2,904 70 72 71 74 287  
T67  
Megan Khang
  USA 4 $2,774 69 73 72 74 288  
T67  
Mariajo Uribe
  COL 4 $2,774 71 70 78 69 288  
T69  
Simin Feng
  CHN 5 $2,602 71 70 72 76 289  
T69  
Joanna Klatten
  FRA 5 $2,602 70 73 73 73 289  
T69  
Jennifer Song
  USA 5 $2,602 67 74 71 77 289  
T69  
Kelly Tan
  MYS 5 $2,602 73 69 71 76 289  
73  
Sarah Jane Smith
  AUS 6 $2,512 71 71 73 75 290  
74  
Demi Runas
  USA 7 $2,480 74 67 73 77 291  
75  
Mina Harigae
  USA 8 $2,450 73 70 76 73 292  
76  
Meena Lee
  KOR 11 $2,419 68 72 75 80 295

 

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