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This is a Big Deal for Thai Golf…a New No.1


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Patty Tavatanakit’s major winner this Easter at the ANA Inspiration on the LPGA Tour, is a massive win for her and for Thai golf as well.

 

In fact, she has jumped up the Rolex World rankings from 103rd to 13th in just one week.So, after a few years dominated by Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand has a new No1 female golfer.

 

Thai golfers have been hampered recently by Covid travel restrictions to the States, so many have been forced to stay at home, without playing competitively.

 

This has naturally affected their preparations dramatically, and it is hard to get straight right back in there and to even make the cut.

 

Kiradech Aphibarnrat was also recuperating from injury and has missed several cuts this season on the PGA Tour.

 

Meanwhile the Jutanugarn sisters and Pornanong Phatlum only rejoined the LPGA tour recently, while Jasmine Suwannapura , Pajaree Anannarukarn and Patty Tavatanakit all based in the States, have played more tournaments this year.

 

Regular Winners

 

We became used to seeing Thais grabbing the winner’s cheques, with Ariya, Moriya and Jasmine all winning on the LPGA.

 

Plus,the likes of Jazz Janewattananond who is the top ranked Thai at 94 on the World rankings and Gunn Charoenkul doing well on the Asian and Japanese tours.

 

It looked like Thais chances of shinning at this year’s Olympics were a long shot, however with Tavatanakit’s win this Easter Sunday, she has not only boosted her own chance of competing herself in Japan, it should also spur on her fellow golfers from Thailand to climb up the rankings.

 

Olympic Rankings

 

After the top 15 female golfers, the field will be filled until getting to 60 golfers by going down the Olympic Golf Ranking, with the top two ranked players qualifying from any country that does not have two or more players from the top 15. The host country, Japan, is also guaranteed at least two golfers in the field.

 

Thailand currently has three players in the top 75 on the Rolex Rankings, Ariya at 29th, sister Moriya at 39th and Jasmine at 79thHowever, Patty was at 103rdon the rankings before her epic win and now she is 13th.

 

Whatever happens in Japan, this win in California will definitely help Patty’s bank balance and hopefully inspire more young Thais to take up the sport.

 

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