Ariya Jutanugarn was so dominant this year on the LPGA Tour that she wrapped up the points-based Rolex Player of the Year award with three tournaments left.
Jutanugarn, whose three victories include the U.S. Women's Open, has 219 points. That's 83 points ahead of Sung Hyun Park, meaning she cannot be caught. This is the second time in three years the big-hitting Thai has won the award.
"It feels great to win this award for a second time, and I'm really excited about that," Jutanugarn said. "I've played well this season and it's a huge honor for me to have my name on this trophy again."
Along with her three victories, Jutanugarn has finished in the top 10 in 60 percent of her tournaments (15 of 25).
She leads the money list with just under $2.5 million, has the lowest scoring average (69.38) and has been leading the Race to CME Globe every week since May 18. She also leads the LPGA Tour in total birdies (421).
She will receive her award at the Rolex LPGA Awards ceremony on Nov. 15 after the opening round of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.
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