Moriya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko were ultimately undone with bogeys at the last Sunday, but they both left the Evian Championship eager to build on what’s right with their games.
Jutanugarn, 23, was looking to make history with her sister, Ariya, to become the first sisters in LPGA history to win major championships. Ariya won the Women’s British Open last year.
Jutanugarn built a two-shot lead Sunday before pushing her tee shot at the 13th out of bounds. Though she would salvage an impressive bogey and become part of a five-way tie for the lead down the stretch, her quest ended at the last. She couldn’t get up and down at the very difficult finishing hole to get in a playoff that Anna Nordqvist won.
“I learned so much from playing today,” said Jutanugarn. “Just probably not really my day, a lot of lipouts. Hit a lot of good putts out there, a lot of good shots. Just kind of had a bad bounce or something like that. So, it's probably not really my time yet.”
Jutanugarn tied for third. That’s four finishes of fourth or better for her this summer.
Ko moved into a tie for the lead chipping in for eagle at the 15th hole, but she couldn’t get up and down at the last to get into the playoff.
Ko, looking for her 15th LPGA title, her first in more than a year, ended up tying for third. There’s good news in being in contention in back-to-back weeks after finishing second at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.
“I played my heart out, and I tried my best, and that's all I can do,” Ko said. “I think playing and having a good finish last week gave me good momentum coming into this week.”