Ariya Jutanugarn bags Thailand’s first major with British Open win

• Twenty-year-old held off Mirim Lee on final day at Woburn
• ‘I hope this inspires other Thai golfers,’ Jutanugarn says

Anyone questioning golf’s return to the Olympic Games after more than a century had their answer at Woburn as Ariya Jutanugarn won the Ricoh Women’s British Open to become the first Thai golfer of either gender to win a major title.

In the last tournament before leaving for Rio, the 20-year-old proved she is not just highly talented but has enough steel as a competitor to win at the highest level. There may well be more such titles to come. After collecting the silver vase here, next Jutanugarn will be taking aim at a gold medal.

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