Jutanugarn set to take over No. 1 from Ko

Erica Murray
June 13, 2017

With So Yeon Ryu missing the cut this week at the Stockton Seaview Golf Club - thereby ending the longest streak on the LPGA Tour - Ariya Jutanugarn is the new No.1 in the Rolex Rankings. And especially with some of these pins and with the wind and everything, it's all happening so fast and you kind of can't regroup. But today, somehow I felt like it was normal, and this is something that I practice for.

"Any time you get to play in the last group, it's a good thing", she said.

Nordqvist, who was trying to become the first player to win this event three years in succession, started two shots off the pace and played her first nine at 1 under. The LPGA has yet to see a multiple champion so far in 2017, and Nordqvist, who won in Arizona in mid-March, came up short in her bid to become the first. "I didn't expect it right away, but I knew my game was better than past year".

"Just having the honour to back-to-back defend is quite awesome", the 29-year-old Swede said. She could only get her pitch shot to within 25 feet and missed the putt, and couldn't bag a birdie on her last three holes. Couldn't get my wedges in close at all, so I spent a lot of time on the range afterward just working on my wedge game. Even though I would hit a really great shot, the ball would keep rolling and finish in the fescue.

Creamer, who nearly won this tournament 13 years ago as an amateur, was one shot off the lead when she made the turn.

However, she missed the cut on Saturday, leaving the top spot to be claimed by Jutanugarn, whose five career LPGA titles and one major were all won past year.

"It's hang in there today, and then tomorrow [this morning, Thai time] if I have a solid day it would be good for me". There is a little bit of pressure coming into it, but it's just been fun.

"I've only had one bogey in the last two days", Creamer said.

"I was very nervous, but nobody's dying or anything and I didn't have to worry about a tiger chasing me". "I've had a lot of supporters cheering me on this week, and I really appreciate everyone's support".

Kim, now a five-time victor on the LPGA, said she didn't know where she stood until the 54th hole.

"I really prepared for this summer and I really didn't expect it right away but I knew my game was better than a year ago, so that's really all I could ask for", she said in a greenside interview, a broad smile on her face after being drenched in champagne.

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