Sunday, April 14, 2024

Honda LPGA Thailand winner fights tears after emotional win

Patty Tavatanakit is again on high of an LPGA occasion for the primary time in almost three years as she received her house nation’s Honda LPGA Thailand occasion Sunday.

Her victory introduced tears and emotion to the forefront as she ended her LPGA drought.

But, that is Tavatanakit’s second straight victory after she earned a seven-stroke win final week on the Aramco Saudi Women Worldwide.

Tavatanakit carded a ultimate spherical 5-under 67, ending at 21-under and profitable by one shot. This match was the primary time since her 2021 victory that she posted scores within the 60s in all 4 rounds.

When her ultimate putt on 18 dropped, numerous fellow LPGA gamers met her on the inexperienced to soak her in water and have a good time.

“It was quite a lot of feelings. It was pleasure. It was — I felt so proud. And a bit of little bit of — I felt a bit of drained, too,” she stated. “However total, I had a lot strain on me right now simply enjoying in entrance of the house crowd, and I used to be ready to try this. It was unbelievable. Like, I nonetheless couldn’t consider I did that right now.”

It was a touching second for her after overcoming a lot since her final win on the LPGA Tour.

That yr, she earned her first LPGA win and main championship on the ANA Inspiration. Following that victory, she recorded eight T7 or higher finishes, received the Rolex ANNIKA Main award, and received the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the 12 months.

Issues regarded so vivid for the previous UCLA Bruin standout.

Nevertheless, the next season she suffered an enormous sophomore hunch. Tavatanakit landed 4 top-15 finishes to start out the yr, however issues went awry from there. She missed seven cuts in eight begins from June to mid-September earlier than accidents pressured her to withdraw from the LPGA Mediheal Championship, finally ending her season.

Final season seemed to be one other difficult one for her, however she regrouped, reached the Tour Championship, and completed 54th within the Race to the CME Globe.

Forward of the Honda LPGA Thailand occasion, Tavatanakit informed the media it had been a very long time since she’d performed this nicely. The 24-year-old needed to rally this week, particularly after incomes a victory. It’s onerous to win back-to-back, however she dug deep.

“It’s been a dream come true profitable final week in Saudi and once more this week in my house nation,” Tavatanakit stated. “I used to be exterior the ropes at one level in my life and now I’m inside, get to play with all these superb ladies. They’re the perfect on this planet. To have the ability to shut it’s fairly surreal proper now.”

Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By. For extra golf protection, make sure to comply with us @_PlayingThrough on all main social platforms. You too can comply with her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.

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