Canada's Brittany Marchand makes a move at Manulife LPGA Classic

Janie Parker
June 12, 2017

After shooting rounds of 76 and 72 on Thursday and Friday, Kirby missed the weekend cut at the Whistle Bear Golf Club with a four-over-par score. Lexi Thompson of the US reacts after bogeying the 18th hole to force a playoff during the final round of the LPGA Manulife Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont., on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

It was the first time in her 12-year LPGA Tour career that she was the leader or co-leader after 36 holes - a span of 246 starts.

The tournament tees off Thursday at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario.

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) - Ariya Jutanugarn was seated by the scorer's tent after finishing her final round Sunday, snapping selfies with In Gee Chun and thinking there was little chance they would return to the course for a playoff at the Manulife LPGA Classic.

A short time later, Jutanugarn was posing for pictures as the tournament champion. But, you know, with that being said, I made a couple putts when I really needed to. A few I talked with at Whistle Bear suggested her swing - especially off the tee - has become longer and looser than it was past year.

Marchand has also played at the U.S. Women's Open and the Canadian Open over her career.

Jutanugarn earned $255,000 of the $1.7-million purse for the victory.

I think my condition is pretty good.

The 21-year-old from Bangkok has now had six LPGA victories, all since the start of last season.

Masson hasn't won since hoisting the trophy here previous year, but in 10 starts this season she has made eight cuts and posted four top-25 finishes, including a season-best tie for 10th at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

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Jutanugarn, who won five times a year ago, had three birdies over a four-hole stretch around the turn at Whistle Bear Golf Club.

Thompson's round left her with a 54-hole aggregate 199 at 17 under, one clear of fellow American Lindy Duncan, who also shot a 67 on Saturday. "Today I was able to get a few tap-in birdies that were only at three or four feet and that gave me a lot of confidence".

"I make eagle there on 16 and that could have changed my day completely".

Chun finished the final round with a 70.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England and Emily Pedersen of Norway were tied with Sharp in sixth place at 66. Mi Hyang Lee (68) and Laura Gonzalez Escallon (67) were at 14 under.

When it was all said and done, the Smiths Falls, Ont., native was seven strokes back of the leaders after Day 1 of the Manulife LPGA Classic. However, she finished with back-to-back birdies to shoot the round of the day.

"So, you know, I made a couple putts out there, but really a little bit disappointing". "One I three-putted (today) and yesterday I hit a bad drive".

Veteran Alena Sharp was the top Canuck after carding a six-under 66 to sit two shots back of leader Suzann Petterson of Norway, the 2015 victor, and Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea.

Ariya's joy stood in stark contrast to the disappointment felt by Thompson, who frittered away a two-shot lead in regulation by three-putting the final two holes for two bogeys.

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