Jutanugarn admits nerves led to late collapse


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Pulling away from the field Sunday at the ANA Inspiration, Ariya Jutanugarn made it look as if nobody could beat her.

And then she collapsed.

Two shots ahead with three to play, Jutanugarn bogeyed those final three holes, opening the door for Lydia Ko to win.

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“Only the last three holes, I really get nervous, especially being my first time leading [a major],” Jutanugarn said.

Jutanugarn, 20, was brilliant early, birdieing four of five holes in the middle of her round, but trouble struck at the 16th, where she three putted from 50 feet. At the 17th, she pulled her tee shot and couldn’t get up and down from a greenside bunker. At the 18th, she snap hooked her tee shot left in the water.

Jutanugarn finished solo fourth determined to make the most of lessons learned.

“Next time, it's going to be so much fun to be there,” Jutanugarn said. “I got a lot of experience from this week.”