Ariya Jutanugarn made history on the Marquess’ Course at Woburn by becoming the first player from Thailand – male or female – to capture a Major Championship.
Just days after being held up as one of the country’s golfing icons at the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) annual Golf Travel Mart, the 20-year-old from Bangkok triumphed at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Ariya said: “I felt really stressed because I missed a lot of birdie putts today. I just wanted to make one. My goal was to win a Major, so I hope I can inspire some players in Thailand.”
Speaking at the Thailand Golf Travel Mart held in Pattaya, senior TAT officials said the success of players such as Ariya,Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat on the international stage helped to promote Thailand as a golf tourism hotspot.
Ariya was recently signed up as Ambassador for the TAT and now joins LPGA colleague Pornanong Phatlum.