Ariya Jutanugarn became the first Thai to win a major after finishing three strokes clear on Day 4 of the 2016 Women's British Open at the Marquess' Course at Woburn in Buckinghamshire, England.
The 20-year-old kept closest challenger Mirim Lee at arm's length throughout the final day, and despite some wobbles on the back nine, she was able to round off her tournament in style.
Lee finished tied for second place with Mo Martin following a bogey on the 18th after rounds of 73 and 70. Stacy Lewis finished the tournament in fourth at 11 under overall, while Ha Na Jang, Karrie Webb and Catriona Matthew tied for fifth at nine under par.
Here's a look at the final leaderboard after four days of action:
|Women's British Open Leaderboard|
|Position||Player||To Par||Round 4 Score|
|T5||Ha Na Jang||-9||71|
|T8||So Yeon Ryu||-8||70|
|T8||In Gee Chun||-8||72|
Jutanugarn entered Round 4 in Milton Keynes as the overnight leader following a blemish-free round of 66 on Saturday, hoping to replicate her strong performance on the final day.
With a two-stroke advantage over South Korea's Lee, the youth talent appeared in control of her own destiny as she looked to add her fourth European Tour event win to the record books.
It wasn't just the win up for grabs for Jutanugarn; she also had the chance to make a huge jump up the rankings, per LPGA:
The Thai began the round in solid fashion with birdies at the second and the sixth, moving her six shots clear of Lee, after her closest challenger suffered bogeys on the second and fourth holes. Both players would then suffer the same fate of a bogey on the ninth, before Lee kick-started her charge on the back.
Three birdies in succession brought her back into contention, much to the excitement of LPGA:
Martin also kept her name in the hat, with the American penciling in three birdies and a bogey on the first nine holes to move to 13 under and edge closer to the leaders at the summit.
Despite entering the final stretch with a four-shot advantage, Jutanugarn was shaken after her lead was cut to just one after carding a concerning double bogey on the 13th.
Both Lee and the Bangkok-born youngster were going stroke for stroke with five shots left to play. However, the Korean's chances of lifting the trophy took a dent on the 17th, as the tournament leader sunk a wonderful long-range putt for birdie to jump two shots clear with one hole still to play.
Ladies European Tour was stunned by the action out on the course, as Jutanugarn placed one hand on the title:
Ricoh Women's Championship was keen to build the tension ahead of the grand finale:
Ultimately, things would only get worse for Lee, as she carded a bogey on her final hole. A five on the 18th saw her drop down to a tie with Martin in second, with the U.S. player parring every hole on her return to the clubhouse.
And so, with a three-shot advantage heading into the last hole of the day, Jutanugarn was able to treasure the moment. She completed her round with another solid par to become the first Thai to ever win a major, via Ladies European Tour:
Lewis moved up the leaderboard to finish in fourth place with an impressive round of 70, as Jang, Webb and Matthew were forced to settle for a tie for fifth, unable to keep pace with the duelling trio at the summit.