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Jutanugarn not using driver in bid for second major

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Ariya Jutanugarn will take the driver out of her bag again this week as she seeks to win back-to-back major championships.

Jutanugarn will be hitting mostly 3-woods and 2-irons off tees at the Evian Championship and sometimes even 3-irons.

Jutanugarn won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in July without a driver in her bag. She went almost four months without hitting driver before putting it in play in her last start at the Manulife Classic in Canada, where the fairways were generous. Jutanugarn said she hit a few drivers around Evian Resort Golf Club in a practice round Monday but realized she could reach the par 5s without it. She said she wasn’t comfortable hitting drivers around Evian, where the rough is thick this week.

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“This course is really narrow, and it's not that long,” Jutanugarn said. “So, no driver.”

Jutanugarn leads the LPGA with five victories this season. She is 13th on tour in driving distance this year (268 yards per drive) without hitting many drivers. She said if she put driver in the bag this week, she would have played without a 4-iron, and she didn’t like the gap that left her between a 3-iron and 5-iron.