Now in its mid-teens, the Kingsmill Championship has been determined in regulation and overtime. It’s been shortened by monsoon rains and graced by ideal weather.
But regardless of duration or conditions, Pete Dye’s River Course invariably produces an elite winner.
Ariya Jutanugarn’s playoff victory Sunday over In Gee Chun and Nasa Hataoka added to that striking legacy.
The win elevated the 22-year-old Jutanugarn from No. 6 to No. 5 in the world rankings. Moreover, she has won a LPGA Tour-best eight times in the last two-plus seasons, a stretch of excellence that includes the 2016 Kingsmill Championship and, later that year, the Women’s British Open.