Webb shoots 64 as Jutanugarn wins again in Canada
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn has bounced back from the disappointment of her injury withdrawal at the Rio Olympics to capture her 5th title of the year at the Canadian Women’s Open in Calgary.
Jutanugarn lead from the halfway mark of the tournament and was untouchable on the final day, firing a five-under round of 66 to post a record 23-under par total, four strokes clear of Korea’s Sei Young Kim, with In Gee Chun a stroke further adrift in outright third place.
Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“I think today, like before today I felt like I wanted to have fun and be happy on the course. No matter what’s going to happen, I can handle it,” Jutanugarn said, “I feel really happy with myself right now.”
Last week, the world No. 2 was forced to withdraw from the third round of the women’s competition at the Olympic Games due to a left knee injury. Only strapping on the knee gave any indication that the injury might be impeding her, as she picked up her latest win and her first since her maiden major title in July at the Women’s British Open.
Australian Karrie Webb maintained her form from the solid showing at the British Open, shooting the low final round of the day with an seven-under par 64 to finish at 11-under in a tie for 5th place with Anna Nordqvist, matching her finish in England. The round was Webb’s lowest in over 15 months on Tour.
“On the back nine, everything went in, which I haven’t seen much this year, so it was good to see. It was fun,” Webb said.
“It’s nice to see some of the hard work paying off, and I’ve worked really hard on my putting. When they all start going in, I don’t mind that at all.”
Three-time winner and defending champion Lydia Ko finished in a group tied for 7th at 9-under par while three other Australians – Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Sarah Jane Smith – made the cut for the weekend but finished back in the field.
The LPGA Tour remains in Canada this week for the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ontario.