Patty – The Girl’s Done It!
Wow! Just 21-years old and she has brought great pride to her home nation Thailand and to all of Asia.
There was never any doubt amongst those who knew this youngster that she would pull off a wire-to-wire win in her rookie year to lift the
LPGA’s first Major of the year.
The last time a rookie won a major was Juli Inkster and that was in 1984 and the first wire to wire winner was Karrie Webb in the year
And, now, Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit (pictured) has sounded the warning that she is destined to be a massive global super-star in
women’s golf by winning the LPGA’s ANA Inspiration tournament.
The Thai youngster shot 4-under 68 in the final round at Mission Hills Country Club, finishing at 18-under for the tournament and two strokes
ahead of New Zealand’s Lydia Ko. Tavatanakit was a former All-American at UCLA and had a stellar career as a college golfer.
Tavatanakit, whose length off the tee has been a feature of her game this week, played flawless and composed golf out in front.
Ko, made a stunning come-back to top flight professional golf by shooting a 10-under-par 62, marking the lowest final-round score in any major and equaling the lowest score in any round at the ANA Inspiration. The former world number one racked up seven birdies and
an eagle in her first 11 holes before cooling off with a lone birdie in the final seven holes. Ko, seeking her first win since April 2018, never got closer than two strokes.
Nelly Korda, Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark and South Korea’s Sei Young Kim all carded 66s to share third place on 11-under with China’s Shanshan Feng (69). Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park of South Korea, the world No. 1 and No. 2, carded rounds of 68 and 69 respectively, to tie for seventh on 10-under along with Ally Ewing.
All told, Asian dominance on the LPGA Tour had another great showing at the ANA Inspiration.