WILLIAMSBURG — More than 20 golfers requested a sponsor's invitation to this week's LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn's stood alone — for one reason.
"She's a world-class player," said Wayne Nooe, Kingsmill's director of golf.
No matter that she's only 17. No matter that her age precludes LPGA Tour membership. From tee to green, Jutanugarn is a natural.
And unlike many prodigies, her results match, and arguably exceed, her potential.
Jutanugarn's talent was evident from the moment she began play at 9:21 a.m. Thursday. She birdied the first three holes and six of the first seven en route to an opening-round of 7-under-par 64, two...