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CNN'S Living Golf Features Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn

2017-07-13 12:00

HONG KONG, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On this month's 'Living Golf' host Shane O'Donoghue meets Ariya Jutanugarn, the first golfer from Thailand to win a major championship -  ahead of Women's U.S. Open in Bedminster, New Jersey and British Open in Kingsbarns, Scotland. Over a round of golf, O'Donoghue finds out about Jutanugarn's move to America, her first Major victory at the British Open last year and the secrets to making her one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour.

CNN Living Golf’s Shane O’Donoghue meets Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn
CNN Living Golf’s Shane O’Donoghue meets Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya Jutanugarn explains how she got into golf:

"My parents owned a golf shop when I was five years-old, so that's how I started to play golf. I'm going to say that when I was young, there was nothing to do for me. So it was easy for my parents to take care of the golf shop and I just grabbed the iron and started to hit the ball."

On how many majors she can win:

"I work so hard, I feel like it's time to win. I do everything that makes me feel like I'm going to be a better golfer. Right now, I hope I can win more than one, because I won last year, so I hope I make two at least. Still, the one I really want to play good is the US Open, because to me, I think it's one of the biggest majors and the hardest one to win."

On her ability to hit a long ball from a young age:

"I loved to hit my driver when I was young, I hit it pretty far… I think I started to hit two hundred when I was nine."

Annika Sorenstam, regarded as the best female golf player to date, spoke to CNN about Jutanugarn: 

"I like her grace on the course, I think she just has a nice style. She obviously has the drive to win and she has the skill to win, and I think she's just trying to get better, whether that is maturing with age or just learning from your mistakes, but really a nice steady climb to the top."

Airtimes: Bangkok

Saturday 15th July at 2330 THA
Sunday 16th July at 1330 THA

The full 30-minute show can be viewed here:  
Golf's past & present: Fitzpatrick, Jutanugarn (

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