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Silver lining for Maguire at Open as Ariya breaks her Major duck

By Robert Jones

Published 01/08/2016

Major effort: Leona Maguire poses with the amateur trophy
Major effort: Leona Maguire poses with the amateur trophy

Ariya Jutanugarn became the first Thai to win a major tournament as she held her nerve at the Ricoh Women's British Open to finish three shots ahead of Mo Martin and Mirim Lee.

Jutanugarn, who blew a golden chance to win the first major of the year at the ANA Inspiration in California in April when bogeying the final three holes, carded a final-round level-par 72 to finish 16 under for the tournament at Woburn's Marquess course.

"For me it was hard today," Jutanugarn said. "I felt a little bit nervous at times. My mother cried at the end. She said thank you, that made my day. I think this victory is really important for me and Thai golf. I hope I can inspire players in Thailand."

Scotland's Catriona Matthew carded a one over par final-round 73 after four birdies and five birdies to finish tied for fifth on nine-under with South Korean Ha Na Jang and Australia's Carrie Webb.

Cavan's Leona Maguire shot a three over final round to finish on four under par, but collected silverware for being the top amateur. Royal County Down's Olivia Mehaffey failed to make the cut after the first two rounds left her on five over.

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