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Thailand takes inspiration from star golfer Ariya Jutanugarn

The success of pro golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, the first Thai to win a major championship, can be traced back to the collapse of her family's business. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

BANGKOK On the 18th green at the Women's British Open, golfer Ariya Jutanugarn had a flashback. It was the final day of the tournament, July 31. At a competition four months earlier, she had choked in the final round and lost what could have been her first championship.

This time, she coolly made the 1-meter putt to take the title by three strokes, becoming the first Thai to win a major golf tournament.

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