19-yo Thai star Thitikul wins JTBC Classic

Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul won the JTBC Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title outlasting last fortnight’s Honda LPGA Thailand winner, Nanna Koerstz Madsen on the second playoff hole after the pair finished regulation play at 16-under-par.

Thitikul shot a final round 8-under 64, making nine birdies and a bogey to post at 16-under to force the playoff at Aviara Golf Club in the final event before the first major of the season next week at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.

“Atthaya Atthaya Thitikul (Credit: LPGA Tour)

“It’s just crazy in my mind right now,” said Thitikul. “I cannot believe that I became LPGA winner. It’s feel amazing as well.”

At 19 years, 25 days, Thitikul is the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour since Brooke Henderson in the 2016 Portland Classic at 18 years, 9 months, 23 days. Sunday’s win adds to Thitikul’s four wins on the Ladies European Tour.

Thitikul’s rookie season on the LPGA Tour has seen her bank solid results with a victory and four top-10 finishes in five starts including a tied 4th at the HSBC Women’s World Championships earlier this month.

WITB: ATTHAYA THITIKUL

  • Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond Driver (9º)
  • Callaway Rogue ST LS Fairway Wood (15º)
  • Callaway Apex UW (19º)
  • Callaway Apex 4H (21º)
  • Callaway Apex Pro Irons (5-PW)
  • Callaway JAWS Forged Wedges (48º, 52º, 58º)
  • Odyssey Toulon Atlanta Putter
  • Callaway Chrome Soft X Golf Ball

MinJee Lee finished the best of the Australians in a share of 23rd position with Hannah Green in equal 59th followed by Katherine Kirk at 68th. Stephanie Kyriacou, playing in her first LPGA tournament since earning her card at Q-School last year, shared 72nd position to be the last of the Aussies to make the weekend.

This week the LPGA Tour stages The Chevron Championship, one of the tour’s five major championships, with a total prize purse of US$5,000,000.