Ariya Jutanugarn went into this week’s LPGA Drive On Championship – Reynolds Lake Oconee with little expectations. She said with it being a new venue for the Tour, she didn’t expect to shoot low. But the two-time major champion excelled under the Georgia skies after a first-round 67, her lowest 18-hole score since her third-round 66 at the 2019 CME Group Tour Championship.
“I would say I love here. Like the weather is like perfect to play golf the golf course is like the most beautiful I ever see. Just have to the thank the LPGA put everything together and have chance to come here. Soon as we got here we rent a house and my sister say, I think we should move here. They love here to much,” said Jutanugarn. “When I play around this nice golf course just make me so joy, so happy, and can't be better.”
Jutanugarn, whose highest finish this year is a tie for 22nd at the AIG Women’s Open, said she’s been working on her commitment to shots. The 10-time LPGA Tour winner and two-time major champion is trying to find the magic again as she looks for her first win since the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. She said she still tries to smile before every shot, a strategy she’s learned from working from VISION 54.
“I still try to do that because like when I smile not only like got up and smile, but I have to create some good feeling,” said Jutanugarn. “It's pretty tough right now when you don't really have that much confident and don't feel like you can have good commitment sometimes.”