Ariya Does Asia Proud Again!
Queen Ariya was crowned again with the prestigious Rolex Annika Major Award for 2018 by the golf legend Annika Sorenstam.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (pictured) won this award for the first time. The 2018 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, recognizes the player who has the most outstanding record in all five major championships during the current LPGA Tour season.
The ace golfer Jutanugarn received the honour because of her spectacular win at the U.S. Women’s Open, her second career major championship victory, and ties for fourth place at the ANA Inspiration and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The 22-year-old, who joins Michelle Wie (2014), Inbee Park (2015), Lydia Ko (2016) and So Yeon Ryu (2017) as winners of the prestigious award. She was crowned in a ceremony on the 18th green at The Evian Championship, concluding an exciting season of majors in 2018.
“I feel great! I feel really honoured to join the list of the previous big name winners,” said Jutanugarn. “I have watched Annika Sorenstam since I was young. She is my idol. Look at how she has done – I really want to follow in her footsteps. She inspires me a lot. And I really want to thank her for all the great things that she has done for the LPGA. It’s amazing!”
Besides topping the Rolex Award, Ariya continues to hold the top spot in the LPGA’s Top-10 finish of the season. She holds the top spot with her Tour-leading 13 top-10 finishes.
The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a US$100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the Blue Bay LPGA (Nov. 7-10).