The final round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational was approaching and Ariya Jutanugarn was frustrated. Her game was not what she had imagined, leaving her sister Moriya in difficult spots during a one-over-71 Friday in the foursome and two without a lead.
Ariya also insisted on changing her flight time from Detroit (to France for the Amundi Evian Championship) given the two-hour drive after Saturday’s game. As she walked to the tee, a conversation with Moriya set the tone for her 11-under 59 four-ball game at Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan, which produced a three-shot win, Ariya’s 12th career win and Moriya’s second.
“I went to my sister and said, ‘You know what, Mo, the goal today is for us to try and fuck every hole,'” said Ariya. “I don’t care if we both do bogey, but after that, when we do bogey, try to do birdie again afterwards. That’s the goal for today.” And we agreed to have the same goal. “
They pounded the odd holes through their first nine and carried the momentum to the second nine, making five straight birdies through 13. The Thai sisters were nine under for the round, then cooled off until the 17th when Ariya on par. approached 4 started the slope to the right of the green and trickled over the pin for a 5 foot birdie.
The door was ajar after the Jutanu yarn had been cut on the 18th. Ariya just found the left side of the green and Moriya hit it in the water. “I had tears when she went into the water at the last hole,” said Ariya jokingly. “I say, Mo, come on.”
“She was crying,” Moriya replied.
Some of the most chaotic final moments came after the Jutanugarns hit the 18th green. Defending champion Jasmine Suwannapura and Cydney Clanton finished 16th with 20 under and had to make a birdie to keep up with the Jutanugarns. Suwannapura, 40 feet below and to the left of the hole in the rough, chipped in. A moment later, Suwannapura and Clayton’s play partner Pajaree Anannarukarn chipped from a similar spot to accommodate her and her partner Aditi Ashok at 20.
Jutanguarn’s putt followed, landing in the Sisters’ eleventh birdie of the day, their second fourball round of 59 of the week, which led their win.
“I feel like I’m the best ball, it feels like we’re never going to give up because you always have a chance,” said Moriya. “I got a bad shot and I know she’ll get it. Even if she doesn’t get a good shot and I try to get her back. “
The win ended a three-year winless streak for Moriya, placing Ariya alongside Nelly Korda as the two players with multiple wins on the LPGA Tour in 2021. Ariya was even the first Thai player to win the Honda LPGA Thailand in May, the Der said Victory by the side of her sister and family was the special victory of her career.
“At every tournament, you [Moriya] is always with me, ”said Ariya. “And this time [was] even more special because we win together. So far this one is the best. “
Although they focused on their golf, the Jutanugarns were also busy. Ariya’s caddy Peter Godfrey is with his wife Jane Park when their ten-month-old daughter Grace is hospitalized and recovering from a brain infection. The sisters wore pink ribbons in support of Grace, and Ariya hired Morgan Pressel’s caddy, Barry Cesarz, to replace Godfrey.
Ariya and Godfrey chatted every night as their caddy remained optimistic despite his daughter’s poor health.
“We keep telling him [Godfrey] We miss him because the last time we were here he was my caddy and we had so much fun, ”said Ariya. “We wish he were here with us. He always put a smile on our faces to make us happy and he always gives us the best support and he keeps telling us, ‘You did that’ Win for Gracie ‘and we did that. “