Jul 18th, 2021
Jutanugarn sisters take Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational title
Second 59 of the week secures three shot victory for Thai pair
Photography: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
“We had a pretty good momentum at the start. It's just more like supporting, just I said over and over again, and of course I had a great support from my sister this week. No matter what, like she probably hit a few trees out there, but she still make a lot of birdies for me, so I forgive her,” joked Moriya. “We very enjoy it.”
The Jutanugarns also posted a 59 on Thursday, the first day of the fourball format. They are the only team to shoot sub-60 in this year’s tournament. With the win, Moriya earns her second LPGA Tour title and first in 1,182 days.
Ariya has now won for the second time in eight starts, and is the second player with multiple wins in 2021, joining World No. 1 Nelly Korda. Ariya, who now has a total of 12 wins on Tour, said this week in Midland, Mich. may rank above her major championship victories.
“It's a tough one. I would say going to be the top one because like every tournament we spend, she is always with me, and this time even more special because we win together. So far, this one the best one, yep.”
Defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura put up a final-day fight after sharing the 54-hole lead, finishing in solo second at twenty-one-under after recording a 6-under 64. The team combined for seven birdies and just one bogey.
The partnership of major champion A Lim Kim and 2020/21 Tour rookie Yealimi Noh (Team Giant Lims) along with Pajaree Anannarukarn and Aditi Ashok (Spice Girls) finished in a tie for third at nineteen-under. With the holding spots for The Amundi Evian Championship released following the Jutanugarn win, Ashok officially became exempt into the championship next week, her fourth appearance in the major.
“I haven't had the best few weeks, so this week was really good, to get a good finish and know that the game is kind of there. Maybe not all four days, but three out of four days is pretty good compared to the last few weeks,” said Ashok, a three-time Ladies European Tour champion.
2021 U.S. Women’s Open Champion Yuka Saso and Tour winner Minjee Lee finished in fifth at eighteen-under after posting an eight-under 62. Four teams finished in a tie for sixth at seventeen-under, with Brittany Lang and Brittany Lincicome (Team Killer Beez) rounding out the top of the leaderboard in 10th at sixteen-under.