MIDLAND, Michigan (AP) – Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday and shot their second 11-under 59 in best ball game for a three-stroke win over defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura.
“But before we went to the tee, I went to my sister and said, ‘You know what, Mo, the goal today is that we try to birdie every hole … That’s the goal today, me “said her.”
25-year-old Ariya won the LPGA Tour for the 12th time and the second time this season, and 26-year-old Moriya took her second title. Ariya won the Honda LPGA Thailand on May 9th for her first win since July 2018.
“I would say this is the best moment for me because we won together,” said Ariya. “We helped each other win the golf tournament.”
The Jutanugarns finished in the windy Midland Country Club with 24 under 256. They opened with a 67 in the alternative stroke, had a 59 in the best ball on Thursday and shot a 71 in the alternative stroke on Friday to move into the finals two strokes behind Clanton and Suwannapura.
“I would say it’s really special,” said Ariya. “In every tournament, I always won her with me and when she won, I won with her. The way we played today, I just said to myself, ‘This will be a great reminder for us to win together. ‘”
Clanton and Suwannapura shot 64. They won the 2019 opening event by six strokes. The tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Jasmine and I were just talking on the 18th green, man, we felt we won this one,” said Clanton. “The conditions were tough today, it was windy. We didn’t think anyone would go extremely deep, but Ariya and Moriya played great today so they deserve it.”
Lim Kim and Yealimi Noh (64) as well as Pajaree Anannarukarn and Aditi Ashok (66) took third place with 19 Under. The US Women’s Open winner Yuka Saso and Minjee Lee were after a 62.
Nelly and Jessica Korda shot a 67 to finish 17th with 13 under. Nelly Korda made her first start since winning the Meijer LPGA Classic and the KPMG Women’s PGA in consecutive weeks to reach the No. 1 spot in the world.
The Evian Championship, the fourth major of the year, will take place in France next week.