Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jutanugarn Wins Manulife LPGA Classic in Playoff, Henderson Top Canadian in 11th

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jutanugarn Wins Manulife LPGA Classic in Playoff, Henderson Top Canadian in 11th

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Jutanugarn wins Manulife LPGA Classic

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CAMBRIDGE, Ont. - Ariya Jutanugarn was seated by the scorer's tent snapping selfies with In Gee Chun on Sunday, thinking there was little chance they would return to the course for a playoff at the Manulife LPGA Classic.

A short time later, Jutanugarn was posing for pictures as the tournament champion.

Lexi Thompson buckled down the stretch and missed a four-foot putt to win in regulation, forcing her to return to the 18th tee with Jutanugarn and Chun for a playoff hole. Jutanugarn found the rough with her drive but her approach was pin-high and she drained a 25-foot birdie putt for her first victory of the season.

"I feel great, I feel like I broke through," she said. "I feel like I waited for my first win this year for a while."

The 21-year-old from Thailand is a virtual lock to move up one position Monday and knock Lydia Ko off her perch as the world's top-ranked women's player.

Jutanugarn, who won five times last year, had three birdies over a four-hole stretch around the turn at Whistle Bear Golf Club. She closed with six straight pars for a 3-under-par 69 that left her at 17-under 271.

Thompson, meanwhile, started the day with a one-shot lead and led by four strokes after a birdie on No. 9. Four bogeys on the back nine did her in, with the final one coming when she three-putted on the 18th hole.

"I had like a five-footer, six-footer, and about a four-footer and missed them all," Thompson said of her last three holes. "If I made those I would have won, but that's golf I guess."

Conditions were warm and blustery for the second straight day and preferred lies remained in effect. Thompson finished with an even-par 72 while Chun had a 70.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England (69) was one shot back in fourth place while South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee (68) and Laura Gonzalez Escallon of Belgium (67) were three behind at 14 under. …

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