Jutanugarn still battling knee as she eyes POY


Ariya Jutanugarn says her injured left knee isn’t completely healed, but she’s up to the challenge the mountain that the Evian Resort Golf Club is built upon will offer her over 72 holes this week.

Jutanugarn withdrew from the Olympics four weeks ago with a knee strain in the middle of the second round but bounced back to win the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open the following week. She is wearing support tape in practice rounds at Evian.

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“I still have pain sometimes, when it gets really tight, but it's a lot better,” Jutanugarn said.

Jutanugarn is seeking to win back-to-back major championships. She won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in July and has a tour-best five LPGA victories this year.

Jutanugarn is running second to Ko in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, the Rolex Player of the Year race, the LPGA money-winning list and the Race to the CME Globe.

What prize does she most covet?

“I want to be Player of the Year,” she said.