With the first International Crown tournament one month away, here’s a look at the fourth-seeded Thailand team:
- The Thailand team is the youngest in the International Crown. Their average age is 22.75.
- The Thailand team is the only one in the competition that does not have a LPGA victory.
- Pornanong Phatlum birdied the last two holes last December to beat current World No. 1 Stacy Lewis in the Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour.
- Phatlum finished T7 at the U.S. Women’s Open last week. She finished T2 in Greens in Regulation (51 of 72, trailing only Stacy Lewis’s 54) and in Fairways Hit (49, trailing only Rikako Morita’s 50).
- The Jutanugarn sisters are the only siblings playing in the International Crown. Moriya, the older, turns 20 on July 28, the day after the competition ends. They comprise the only team with two teenagers in the event.
- Moriya Jutanugarn finished T49 at the Women’s Open.
- Ariya Jutanugarn, 18, is the second-youngest player in the field. Australian amateur Minjee Lee is the youngest competitor.
- Ariya underwent surgery for a torn labrum in her right shoulder last July and didn’t start playing again until January. She won on the Ladies European Tour in 2013 and nearly captured the Honda LPGA Thailand before a triple bogey on the final hole handed the win to Inbee Park.
- Onnarin Sattayabanpho, the oldest Thailand player at age 30, played collegiately at Purdue. Nicknamed “Moo,” she won the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament on the Japan LPGA earlier this year.
- Thailand opens International Crown play against No. 5 Spain on July 24.
Topics: International Crown