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ประวัติการแข่งขัน แอลพีจีเอ ไทยแลนด์ (History of LPGA Thailand)

ฮอนด้า แอลพีจีเอ ไทยแลนด์

หลังจากที่ได้เริ่มจัดการแข่งขันขึ้นเป็นครั้งแรกในปี 2006 รายการฮอนด้า แอลพีจีเอ ไทยแลนด์ ได้เติบโตมาเป็นการแข่งขันหลักและเป็นรายการ LPGA รายการเดียวในประเทศไทย ซึ่งจัดขึ้นที่สยามคันทรีคลับ พัทยา โอลด์คอร์ส โดยเป็นสถานที่จัดการแข่งขันมาตั้งแต่ปี 2007 โดยในทุกปี 60 ยอดนักกอล์ฟของแอลพีจีเอและดาวรุ่งอีก 10 คน จะแข่งขันกันเพื่อช่วงชิงเงินรางวัลมูลค่าถึง 1.6 ล้านเหรียญสหรัฐ รวมไปถึงนักกอล์ฟในตำนานอย่าง Annika Sorenstam ก่อนที่จะแขวนไม้ไปเมื่อปี 2008

การแข่งขัน Honda LPGA Thailand นั้นเป็นเจ้าของสถิติเงินรางวัลที่สูงที่สุดของการแข่งขันกอล์ฟสตรีอาชีพในประเทศไทย ปัจจุบันผู้จัดการแข่งขันก็คือ บริษัท ฮอนด้าออโตโมบิล (ประเทศไทย) จำกัด และ ไอเอ็มจี

นอกเหนือจากการได้ชมการแข่งขันกอล์ฟแล้ว ผู้ชมยังสามารถพักผ่อนหย่อนใจและสนุกสนานในส่วนวิลเลจนี้กับผู้จัดแสดงต่างๆ รวมไปถึงการซื้อสินค้า กิจกรรมอื่นๆ และ การออกร้านอาหารชั้นนำที่จะนำความอร่อยจากทั้งประเทศมาให้อิ่มอร่อยกันทั้งครอบครัว

2017
Amy Yang
Amy Yang held off So Yeon Ryu on the final day of the Honda LPGA Thailand to win the event for the second time in the last three seasons and pick up her third career victory. With a birdie on the final hole, Yang carded a final round 68 and set a new Tournament scoring record at 22 under par. She bested the previous mark by 1 stroke (Suzann Pettersen 2007 and Ai Miyazato 2010).
2016
Lexi Thompson
Thompson captured her seventh career win on the LPGA Tour on Sunday at the Honda LPGA THAILAND. With her victory, Thompson became the first American to win in the event’s 10 year history. The 21-year-old took command early in the week with an opening round 8-under par, 64 to take the outright lead in round one. Despite scrambling to a second round even par, 72, Thompson cruised on the weekend, posting 64 again on Saturday to take a four stroke lead entering the final round and closing with a 4-under par, 68 to win by six-strokes ahead of In Gee Chun.
2015
Amy Yang
Amy Yang had finished in the top-5 in three of the previous for tournaments she played in dating back to 2014 but was able to breakthrough in Thailand for her second career victory. Yang shot a final-round 69 to edge out Yani Tseng, Mirim Lee and Stacy Lewis by two strokes. She battled Stacy Lewis on the weekend and were tied atop the leaderboard heading to No.15. After Lewis made double bogey and Yang made birdies, there was a three shot swing and Yang never looked back.
2014
Anna Nordqvist
Anna Nordqvist battled a star-studded leaderboard on Sunday and shot a 4-under 68 to claim her third career LPGA Tour title at the Honda LPGA THAILAND. The 26-year old from Sweden finished the week at 15-under par and two shots ahead of Rolex World Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park. Nordqvist started the day with a four-shot lead over Park and American Michelle Wie and pulled off her first victory in nearly five years and since the 2009 LPGA Championship.
2013
Inbee Park
2012 LPGA Official Money title winner and Vare Trophy winner Inbee Park got her 2013 season off to a hot start, capturing a one-shot victory at the Honda LPGA THAILAND in her first event of the year. The victory came as a bit of a shock to Park as she trailed 17-year-old Thailand native Ariya Jutanugarn by two shots when she finished her round. But Park ended up with a one-stroke victory less than 15 minutes later when Jutanugarn lipped out a 3-foot-putt for double bogey on the par-5 18th hole. Park trailed Jutanugarn by four shots entering Sunday’s final round but charged back with a final round 5-under 67 to take home her fourth career victory.
2012
Yani Tseng
Rolex World Ranking No. 1 Yani Tseng successfully defended her title at the Honda LPGA THAILAND and captured her first win of the 2012 season. Tseng nearly knocked her 104-yard approach shot in the hole on the par-5 18th on the final day and sank the tap-in birdie putt to capture a one-shot victory over the 2010 champion of the event, Ai Miyazato. Tseng got off to a hot start en route to firing a final-round, 6-under 66. She birdied the 17th to regain a one-shot lead and after Miyazato knocked her third shot close on 18 to give herself a putt to tie Tseng, that is when Tseng hit her impressive approach into the 18th green that pretty much sealed the victory.
2011
Yani Tseng
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng shot a final round 6-under-par 66 to win the season-opening Honda LPGA THAILAND by five shots over Michelle Wie. The then 22-year-old began her 2011 season with victories on the Ladies European Tour (LET) at the Australian Open and Australian Ladies Masters in consecutive weeks prior to the LPGA’s season opener. The overnight leader, Tseng kept herself in contention with six birdies in her first 13 holes before her first-and-only blemish of the day at 14, where she made bogey. She rebounded with a birdie at 15 and never looked back, claiming her sixth-career LPGA Tour victory at 15-under-par 273.
2010
Ai Miyazato
Japan’s Ai Miyazato shot 9-under-par 63 to win the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA THAILAND by one shot over 2007 champ Suzann Pettersen. Miyazato was 10-under-par in her final 16 holes and chipped-in for birdie at 18 to clinch her second-career LPGA victory. Miyazato entered Sunday five shots behind overnight leader Pettersen, but used a six-hole stretch to erase that deficit and turn Sunday’s final round at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course into a two-player sprint to the finish.
2009
Lorena Ochoa
Rolex World Ranking No. 1 Lorena Ochoa made a statement in her season debut in 2009 and opened her year with a victory at the Honda LPGA THAILAND. Ochoa entered the final round tied for second with Brittany Lang – three strokes behind 54-hole leader Paula Creamer. Ochoa and Creamer teed off in Sunday’s final group and on the back nine, Ochoa made birdie on holes 11 and 13 before carding her lone bogey on the par-3, 171-yard 16th hole. She erased her step back by making a five-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole to secure the victory.
2007
Suzann Pettersen
Suzann Pettersen went wire-to-wire to win her fifth LPGA Tour event of the season. It appeared there was no way Pettersen could avoid cashing the $195,000 winner’s check after she fired a third-round 9-under-par 63 to hold a seven-stroke, 54-hole lead over Laura Davies. But Davies battled Pettersen the entire final round and caught up with the Norwegian and were tied heading to the final hole. Pettersen sealed the win with a 15-foot eagle putt.
2006
Hee Won Han
Hee Won Han claimed her sixth career LPGA tour title in Thailand in 2006 and ended up being the last win of her career. Han Trialed Nicole Castrale by five shots over Diana D’Alessio and a winning score of 14-under par. It was her second win of the 2006 season.