We’d like to congratulate Atthaya Thitikul, a 19-year old young golfer on winning the LPGA Walmart NW Arkansas Championship golf tournament!
Atthaya Thitikul, a talent girl who last year came playing at our award-winning golf course in Laguna Golf Phuket has demonstrated us a stunning performance. And today she proved her remarkable talent by beating Danielle Kang and capturing her second LPGA title at the NW Arkansas Championship this year!
With the achievement, the 19-year-old has become the first LPGA player in five years to win twice in her rookie season. Sung Hyun Park won several races in 2017.
Atthaya, who achieved a tournament-record 10-under par 61 on Friday, said competing against Kang increased the pressure.
Thitikul and Kang, 29, finished the 54-hole tournament at Pinnacle Country Club tied for 17-under.
Kang, a six-time LPGA Tour winner, was making her third tour appearance since June after receiving treatment for a spinal tumor.
“I just feel playing with Danielle was kind of tough, because she’s a great player, won a lot on the LPGA tour,” Atthaya said.
Atthaya, who won the Ladies European Thailand Championship as a 14-year-old amateur in 2017, is predicted to move up to fourth place in the global rankings on Monday.
She has achieved top-10 results in the Women’s PGA Championship, the Evian Championship, and the Women’s British Open since capturing her maiden LPGA championship in March.
She is the fourth player in 2022 to win multiple times, joining three-time winner Jennifer Kupcho, Minjee Lee, and Brooke Henderson, each of whom has won twice.
She is also the fourth Thai woman to win several times on the LPGA Tour, following behind Ariya Jutanugarn, who has 12 championships.