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Ariya Jutanugarn rallies past Lexi Thompson to win LPGA's Tour Championship

Ariya Jutanugarn holds the trophy after winning the LPGA’s season-ending Tour Championship.

Associated Press

Ariya Jutanugarn holds the trophy after winning the LPGA’s season-ending Tour Championship.

NAPLES — Lexi Thompson never had a putt so short that was potentially worth so much.

She had a one-shot lead when she settled over a 2-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday at the Tour Championship. A victory would be worth $500,000 in prize money and a $1 million bonus. She would win LPGA player of the year and the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

She would rise to No. 1 in the world.

She missed.

Moments later, Ariya Jutanugarn capped her birdie-birdie finish with an 18-foot putt to win the tournament and deny Thompson three of those perks.

"I don't really know what happened there," Thompson said. "It just happens. I guess it's golf. I guess we all go through situations we don't like sometimes."

Jutanugarn birdied four of her last six holes for 5-under 67, finishing at 15-under 273 to win the season-ending tournament and the $500,000 first prize.

Thompson, who closed with 67, still won the CME Race to the Globe and the $1 million bonus, along with the Vare Trophy. The points-based player of the year honor was a tie between two South Koreans, So Yeon Ryu and rookie Sung Hyun Park.

PGA EUROPE: Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai after a tense battle with Justin Rose that was decided on the final green of the season at the Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Rose, the overnight leader, shot 2-under 70 to finish tied for fourth at 17-under 271 with three others. Fleetwood shot 74 and finished at 11 under. Tournament winner Jon Rahm shot 67 to finish at 19 under.

PGA: Rookie Austin Cook won the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga., closing with two birdies for 3-under 67 and a four-shot victory. Cook finished at 21-under 261 to earn a spot in the Masters. Runner-up J.J. Spaun closed with 66.

Ariya Jutanugarn rallies past Lexi Thompson to win LPGA's Tour Championship

11/19/17 [Last modified: Sunday, November 19, 2017 6:50pm]
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