Players return to action after a week off in Williamsburg, Virginia. The top three women golfers are all set for the Kingsmill Championship but only one will get the 2017 Championship title.
Ariya Jutanugarn, 21, is defending the LPGA title for the first time in her career. She won the Kingsmill Championship last year as part of her breakthrough run, becoming the first player to have her first three LPGA titles come in consecutive events.
2016, In her second season on Tour, Ariya Jutanugarn fought the nerves and held off a late charge by Su Oh to pick her second career LPGA victory at Kingsmill Championship.
Jutanugarn captured the 2016 Kingsmill Championship for her second career victory; however, this is her first title defense as the Yokohama Tire Classic, site of her first LPGA victory the week prior, is no longer on the Tour schedule.
While, Lydia Ko has now gone 18 tournaments without a win, her longest stretch without a victory on the LPGA Tour, and So Yeon Ryu and Ariya Jutanugarn are now within .249 points of the Kiwi golfer.
Yeon Ryu is the form player on the tour with 10 straight finishes in the top 10 including a win at the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year.
Rolex Rankings No. 2 So Yeon Ryu and No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn are looking to be the 10th different player to reach No. 1 since the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings began in 2006. Both players will try to achieve this in the coming weeks, as only 0.2 points separates them from the top ranking, currently held by Lydia Ko
On May 8, 2017, Ko reached the milestone of 100 total weeks at No. 1. Before Ko, only Lorena Ochoa (158) and Yani Tseng (109) had experienced this achievement in their careers.
- So Yeon Ryu has four top-10 finishes at Kingsmill, and she has an active streak of 10 consecutive top 10s dating back to the 2016 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
- It has been 18 starts since No. 1 Lydia Ko’s last win at the 2016 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I, her longest stretch without a win on the LPGA Tour
- In 10 starts in 2017, Ariya Jutanugarn has posted eight top-nine finishes, including three runner-up finishes (HSBC Women’s Champions, Bank of Hope Founders Cup, Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play presented by Aeromexico and Delta)
- In three appearances at Kingsmill, Jutanugarn has won (2016), missed the cut (2015) and tied for third (2013)
- This season, Jutanugarn ranks in the top three in five statistical categories:
- First in birdies (157)
- Second in rounds in the 60s (20)
- Second in rounds under par (30)
- Third in birdie to bogey ratio (2.58)
- Third in sand saves (0.714)
- Heading into the Kingsmill Championship, Jutanugarn is ranked second on the season money list ($669,999), second in the Race to the CME Globe (1,525) and third in Rolex Player of the Year points (60)
- World No. 2 So Yeon Ryu has four top-10 finishes at Kingsmill, and she has an active streak of 10 consecutive top 10s dating back to the 2016 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
- Jutanugarn has spent 36 career weeks at No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings, while this week marks Ryu’s sixth career week at No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings