History’s made on the LPGA Tour with Moriya Jutanugarn’s Maiden Win

by Maura Hutchinson

It was the perfect background for a fairy tale win on Sunday as Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC LA Open, right under the iconic Hollywood sign.  Securing her first LPGA Tour title and finally joining her younger sister, seven-time champion Ariya Jutanugarn, in the winner’s circle.

The 23-year-old’s putter was on fire throughout the final round, as she managed to hold her nerve against Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park. Claiming victory in her 156th LPGA start, Jutanugarn was greeted by her sister and mother on the final green for a celebration we are certain none of them will forget.

“I’ve been really close for a lot of time, and of course that builds confidence as well,” said Jutanugarn. Adding, “To win, it’s just like I kind of break through a lot of things that I been kind of get stuck, and it just feels great.”

Sunday’s win makes the Jutanugarn sisters only the second set of siblings to win on the LPGA, they now join Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam in an elite club on the ladies’ Tour.

Asked about the historic win Jutanugarn told reporters, “It means a lot. Annika is one of my favourite players as well.” Adding, “I grow up and watch her play.”