Ariya Jutanugarn makes major history

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- Ariya Jutanugarn wins Women's British Open at Woburn
- It marks the first major title won by a Thai golfer
- The 20-year-old now heads to Rio in pursuit of Olympic gold


Ariya Jutanugarn made history at the RICOH Women's British Open by becoming the first Thai golfer to capture a major title.

Jutanugarn comfortably saw off the final day challenge of 2014 champion Mo Martin and South Korean Mirim Lee to win by three strokes at Woburn, making only two bogeys all week for her fourth win of the year.
"I’m very proud of myself" - Ariya Jutanugarn

It marks the third time this year a women's major title has been won by a player 20 or younger, with Jutanugarn's success following 18-year-old Lydia Ko's win at the ANA Inspiration in April, and Brooke Henderson, also 18, when she took the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in May.

“It feels great,” said Ariya Jutanugarn. “After my first tournament on Tour, my goal is I really want to win a major, and I did, so I’m very proud of myself.


Ricoh Women's British Open - Day Four

"I think this is very important for me and for Thai golf. I hope it inspires other Thai golfers. Now I have two weeks to rest and practice. I am really excited for Rio and to play really well.”

Speaking of the Olympic Games, Scotland's Catriona Matthew ensured she'd be heading to Rio de Janeiro with a continuation of the good form she has shown in recent months after finishing T5.

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"I suppose coming into the start of the week, a top five, I would be pretty pleased with," she said. "But the position I was in, obviously disappointing finish, but take a lot from it. Just go in there and hopefully get a few spots higher in Rio."

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