It's official: Ariya is number one (Updated)

It's official: Ariya is number one (Updated)

Ariya's Facebook page has been busy, full of praise from her many fans.
Ariya's Facebook page has been busy, full of praise from her many fans.

Ariya Jutanugarn took over top spot in the world rankings yesterday after winning the Manulife LPGA Classic title in Cambridge, Ontario on Sunday.

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Tuesday morning update

'Amazing May' takes top spot

Ariya Jutanugarn took over top spot in the world rankings yesterday after winning the Manulife LPGA Classic title in Cambridge, Ontario on Sunday.

The 21-year-old from Bangkok dethroned New Zealand's Lydia Ko who had held the top ranking for 85 consecutive weeks.

Nicknamed 'May', Ariya becomes the first Thai, man or woman, to head golf's world rankings.

She won praise from her compatriots including Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

"The prime minister praises her for her success, which was a result of her determination," government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

He quoted Gen Prayut as saying that Ariya was not discouraged by a ranking miscalculation last week that saw her fail to take top spot.

"Pro May is an inspiration for Thai children to take up sports," Lt Gen Sansern quoted the premier as saying.

A large number of fans congratulated Ariya on her Facebook page using words such as "amazing" and "the best".

"You have written a new chapter in Thailand's sporting history," said one. "You have won the hearts of all Thais."

Ariya is still the first and only Thai to have won on the LPGA Tour.

The victory in Ontario is her first of the year and sixth of her career.

Ariya received US$255,000 (8.5 million baht) for winning the Manulife LPGA Classic.

Monday's story

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand with the trophy after sinking her birdie putt on the 1st playoff hole to win during the final round of the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club on June 11, 2017 in Cambridge, Canada. /AFP/Vaughn Ridley

Golf: Brilliant Ariya on top of world with win in Canada

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand gets emotional after sinking her birdie putt on the 1st playoff hole to win during the final round of the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club on June 11, 2017 in Cambridge, Canada. The win ensures she will be the women' number one golfer. /AFP

Toronto, June 12, 2017, AFP – Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn drained a 25-foot birdie putt to win the Manulife LPGA Classic in a three-way playoff Sunday, guaranteeing her ascent to the world number one ranking.

Her dramatic win at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario came after rival Lexi Thompson stumbled with four bogeys on the back nine which saw a four-shot lead evaporate.

On the first playoff hole, Thompson looked to have recovered her composure when she crushed a long tee shot 50 yards further than Ariya and South Korea's Chun In-Gee.

Ariya, who had underhit her tee shot into the fairway rough, hit her second onto the green.

Both Chun and Thompson then missed long birdie putts leaving Ariya with her shot at glory which she duly converted.

The result capped a rollercoaster week for the 21-year-old from Bangkok, who had wrongly been informed by the LPGA last week that she had taken the world number one ranking.

The LPGA later revealed she had not in fact taken the top spot from New Zealand's Lydia Ko because of a rankings miscalculation.

Thompson meanwhile was left reflecting on her third defeat in a playoff this season after she looked to be cruising to her second title of the year.

Thompson, 22, had opened up a four-shot lead by the 11th hole.

But back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes gave her rivals hope before Thompson recovered with a birdie on the par-four 15th.

However a three-putt on the par-three 17th set up a tense finale with Thompson one shot clear.

After making the green in regulation, the American was left with two putts to win.

But her birdie putt rolled up short, leaving her with a four-footer for victory which she then missed, setting up the playoff drama.

Ariya had entered the playoff after a three-under-par final round 69 while Chun forced her way into contention with a two-under-par 70.

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Vocabulary

  • amazing: very surprising, especially in a way that makes you feel pleasure or admiration - น่าสนเท่ห์, น่าพิศวง, ซึ่งทำให้ประหลาดใจ
  • ascent (noun): going in an upwards direction (into the air, up a mountain) - การขึ้นสู่ที่สูงกว่า (ตำแหน่ง ,ฐานะ, ปริญญา,ฯลฯ)
  • back-to-back: happening one after another, after one finishes the next begins; consecutive - ที่ต่อเนื่องตามลำดับ
  • birdie: (in golf) a score of 1 stroke less than the standard score for a hole (= one under par ) 1 - คะแนนต่ำกว่าพาร์ในกีฬากอล์ฟ
  • bogey: (in golf) a score of 1 stroke more than the standard score for a hole (= 1 over par 1 - คะแนนเกินพาร์ในกีฬากอล์ฟ
  • cap (verb): to finish a series of events - ทำให้สมบูรณ์
  • career: a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in - อาชีพ
  • chapter: era; a period of time in a person's life or in history - ยุค, สมัย
  • compatriots: people who are from the same country as you are - คนชาติเดียวกัน
  • composure: calmness and control - ความสงบของจิตใจ
  • congratulate: to praise someone about their success, good luck or happiness on a special occasion - แสดงความยินดี
  • consecutive: following one after another in order - ติดต่อกัน
  • contention (noun): with a chance of winning something - โอกาสที่จะชนะ
  • convert (verb): to change an opportunity into a success -
  • cruise (verb): to win or achieve something easily - ชนะอย่างง่ายดาย
  • crush: to press something so hard that it breaks into very small pieces - กด  บีบอัด
  • defeat: a loss in a competition - ความพ่ายแพ้
  • determination: the quality that makes you continue trying to do something even when this is difficult - ความตั้งใจ, ความมุ่งมั่น, ความตั้งใจมั่น
  • dethrone (verb): to remove a king or queen from power; to remove somebody from a position of authority or power; to defeat a former champion in a sports competition so they are no longer champion - ขับออกจากบัลลังก์, ปลดอำนาจ, ปลดออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • discouraged: feeling that it is useless to try to do something - หมดกำลังใจ, ท้อแท้
  • drain (verb): (in golf0 to sink; to cause the ball to fall into the hole -
  • drama (noun): an event or situation, especially an unexpected one, in which there is worry or excitement and usually a lot of action; a play in a theatre or on television or radio or a movie, or plays and acting generally - บทละคร, เรื่องเร้าใจ
  • dramatic: exciting and impressive - ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ
  • duly: in the correct or expected manner - ตามกำหนด, อย่างเหมาะสม
  • emotional: related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - มีอารมณ์
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • evaporate: to disappear; to appear to disappear like a liquid changing into gas or steam - หายไปกับตา เปรียบเหมือนน้ำที่ระเหยกลายเป็นไอ
  • fairway: (in golf) the long strip of short grass that you must hit the ball along before you get to the green and the hole - ทางสนามกอล์ฟซึ่งอยู่ระหว่างจุดตั้งลูกกอล์ฟและหลุม
  • finale: the last part of (especially a musical or theatrical performance), which is often very exciting or emotional - ฉากสุดท้าย(ในละคร), ตอนจบ, ตอนสุดท้าย
  • glory: admiration and praise that you get because you have done something impressive - ความมีชื่อเสียง, ความรุ่งเรือง
  • guarantee: to be certain that something will happen - รับรอง, รับประกัน
  • history (noun): all the events that happened in the past - ประวัติศาสตร์
  • in regulation: (golf) in the standard number of strokes required to get onto the green and to have a chance of scoring par -
  • inform: to tell somebody about something, especially in an official way - แจ้งให้ทราบ
  • inspiration: someone or something that gives you new ideas or enthusiasm to do something - แรงบันดาลใจ
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • miscalculation: an incorrect estimate, amount, figure, measurement, etc. - การคำนวณผิด
  • nickname: an informal name for someone or something, especially a name which you are called by your friends or family, usually based on your proper name or your character - ชื่อเล่น
  • playoff (noun): a match/game, or a series of them, between two players or teams with equal points or scores to decide who the winner is - การแข่งขันชิงตำแหน่ง
  • praise: an expression of strong approval or admiration - การยกย่อง, การชื่นชม
  • quote: to repeat the words that someone else has said or written - ยกคำพูดมา
  • ranking: the position of somebody/something on a scale that shows how good or important they are in relation to other similar people or things, especially in sport - อันดับ
  • recover (verb): to become normal and healthy again - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ, ฟื้นฟูร่างกาย
  • reflect: to think about something carefully - ไตร่ตรอง, ครุ่นคิด
  • reveal: to let something become known - เปิดเผย
  • rival: a person you are competing against or opposing - คู่แข่ง
  • rollercoaster (adj): of a situation that keeps changing very quickly - สภาพการณ์ที่เปลี่ยนไปมาอย่างรุนแรง
  • rough: the long grass on the side of the fairway on a golf hole that is outside of the area played on and hard to play on -
  • sink (verb): (in golf) to cause the ball to go into the hole -
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • stumble: to make a mistake when you are trying to achieve something - ทำพลาด, สะดุด
  • tense: making you feel nervous or worried - ทำให้เครียด
  • title (noun): the position of a winner in a sports or other competition - ตำแหน่งแชมป์
  • trophy: a large silver cup or similar object given as a prize to the winner of a competition - ถ้วยรางวัล
  • victory: winning a competition or a battle - ชัยชนะ
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