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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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Ariya Jutanugarn swings towards first major at British Open

• Victory for the 20-year-old would be Thailand’s first major golf title
• Overnight leader Mirim Lee now two strokes behind going into final round

Ariya Jutanugarn, a 20-year-old from Thailand, will have another chance to claim a first major golf title for her country in the final round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open. At the first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, Jutanugarn led by two with three holes to play but made bogeys on the lot.

It did not take her long to learn how to win and her first victory in America in May was followed immediately by two more in the next two weeks. At Woburn on Saturday Jutanugarn produced the round of the day with a six-under 66. At 16 under par she had nipped two strokes ahead of the overnight leader Mirim Lee, who scored a 69.

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Catriona Matthew prepares for Rio with a shot at British Open glory

• Second-round 65 leaves Scot two shots off leader Mirim Lee
• Britain’s Charley Hull six behind Lee at five under

Catriona Matthew is at that stage of her career where a number of honours are coming her way. She received a Lifetime Achievement gong at this year’s Scottish Golf Awards and was recently announced as a vice-captain to Annika Sorenstam for Europe’s Solheim Cup campaign in the US next year.

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‘Nervous’ Charley Hull outscores world No1 at Women’s British Open

• Hull scores 69 on home course and New Zealander Ko a 74
• First-round leader Mirim Lee shoots course record of 62

Charley Hull had never been more nervous on a golf course before teeing off in her national championship at her home club. A birdie at the first hole settled the nerves and, in front of a fine opening-day crowd willing her on, the 20-year-old was quite content with a first round of three-under-par 69 in the Women’s British Open.

Even better she was five strokes in front of one of her playing partners, Lydia Ko, the world No1 and, at 19, one of the most dominant forces in any sport, but it was a rare off day for Ko, so Hull was still some way behind Mirim Lee, of South Korea, who opened with a 62, 10 under par and a course record.

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