Almost A Total Rout At Royal Lytham
Although an English girl emerged at the end as the winner to lift the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open, it cannot be denied that the Asians are now totally a dominant force at the highest end of women’s professional golf – the LPGA Tour.
It looked almost certain that Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum (pictured) was going to be the winner but she lost control on the finishing holes to lose by two-strokes to England’s Georgia Hall.
While the 28-year old Phatlum had to settle for second place, her performance together with that of other Asian players proved categorically that the real power of the ladies game is in the hands of Asians.
If the Thai won she would have become the third Thai player to win an LPGA Tour event in just three weeks, and the second player from her country to win a major title this year. Thidapa Suwannapura won the Marathon Classic two weeks ago while Ariya Jutanugarn triumphed at the Ladies Scottish Open last week, having also landed the U.S. Women’s Open in June. Moriya Jutanugarn has also been in the winner’s circle this season, doing so at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in April.
Third place went South Korea’s World No. 4 So Yeon Ryu. A total of seven Asian players finished in the top ten including reigning world number one, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and a resurgent Shan Shan Feng of China.
Thailand’s 15-year old Atthaya Thitikul, earned the Smyth Salver award as the low amateur at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.