Moriya Jutanugarn Claims LPGA LA Tourney for 1st Tour Win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moriya Jutanugarn knows patience. She's had ample time to learn it while pursuing her first victory on the LPGA Tour.
Jutanugarn broke through Sunday in her sixth year, winning the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by two shots to make her and sister Ariya the second set of siblings to win on the tour.
The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.
Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.
Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, biting her nails, covering her mouth and finally crying as Moriya two-putted to close it out.
Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.
The Thai sisters are 16 months apart, and don't enjoy comparisons to each other.
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