Ariya is first golf no.1 from S-E Asia

Tricia Pearson
June 13, 2017

Neither did Ariya Jutanugarn, but the Thai was assured of supplanting Ko when South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon failed to make the cut on Friday.

"This winter I didn't have any break, I needed some time to get ready for the summer", she said.

Moriya shot a one-under-par 70 in the second round for a 135 total to stay joint third with South Korea's Lee Jeong-Eun (70) and two-time defending champion Anna Nordqvist (71) of Sweden. Sharmila Nicollet, of India, tees off on the seventh hole of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, June 2, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.

Had Ryu won, finished in a tie for second with up to three other players or came in third alone than it would have been her who reached No.1, but, it was not to be. "She texted us right after the round to say that was her main focus".

Michelle Wie climbed up the field to finish in a tie for third place at seven under after shooting a six-birdie 65.

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn will become the first women's golfer from South-east Asia to hold the top spot since the world rankings were created in 2006.

The 28-year-old South Korean was making only her sixth start of the season after wiping out in a fall down the steps late last year and bruising her tailbone. "I had 150 [yards] to the front and I hit a 170 club and my caddie was like, 'What are you doing?' I had no idea I was rushing, but my caddie helped me a lot". "Was really tricky and challenge out there, but I gave my best".

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Ko, also skipping the event, was guaranteed to lose the top spot to Jutanugarn or Ryu.

"I just couldn't get the speed down early with my putter... definitely a lot slower today than yesterday and I just couldn't figure it out".

Kim, who will turn 29 next week, kidded that people were coming up to her Sunday morning to tell her how well she was playing, and she would think, "Yes, I'm playing well, but why are you surprised?" "I should have been able to see that a little bit better", she said.

With Ryu's streak ended, Stacy Lewis becomes the tour's active leader in consecutive cuts made, with 49, including this event.

But healthy again, she pulled away with a closing two-under 69 for a comfortable victory at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway.

That was the lone bogey, and Kim parred in for her first win since the 2016 Reignwood LPGA Classic last September.

India's Sharmila Nicollet shot a 76-78 to miss the cut after winning a fan Twitter poll to get the final sponsor exemption.

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