Major winner Patty Tavatanakit named LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year

by | Oct 25, 2021 | LPGA

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Zephyr Melton


October 25, 2021

After an impressive 2021 campaign, including a win at ANA Inspiration, Patty Tavatanakit was named LPGA Rookie of the Year.

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Patty Tavatankit’s trophy case looked promising after her ANA Inspiration win last spring, but after this week it needs room for a little extra hardware. The LPGA Tour announced on Monday that the 22-year-old Rookie of the Year was recognized with two events in the 2021 season.

“Receiving this award is a dream come true for me,” said Tavatanakit. “It’s once in a lifetime. I am so excited to add my name to a spectacular list of recipients that I have looked up to for many years. “

The Bangkok native is the second player from Thailand to win the award, alongside Moriya Jutanugarn, who accomplished the feat in 2013.

In addition to her big win earlier this season, Tavatanakit also had eight top 10 finishes out of 17 starts, finishing 10th on the scoring average. She is currently third in points for Player of the Year award.

This is the second major award that Tavatanakit has won for her strong game in the 2021 season. She also won the Rolex Annika Major Award – based on her placements in all five women’s majors during the season – after the AIG Women’s Open, beating major winner Nelly Korda.

Tavatankit was also named Rookie of the Year on the Symetra Tour in 2019 for having won three development rounds to move up to the LPGA Tour. Once at the highest level, she made no time to pick up where she left off when she won the ANA at Mission Hills Country Club in her second start as a professional.

“This season has been an unforgettable one,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being strong as the Tour’s newest Rookie of the Year in 2021.”

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Zephyr Melton is Assistant Editor at GOLF.com, where he spends his days blogging, producing, and editing. Before joining the GOLF.com team, he attended the University of Texas, followed by stints with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He supports in all matters of teaching and covers amateur and ladies golf.