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Jutanugarn wins third LPGA event in row

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn's strength and skill helped her become the first player to win three straight LPGA Tour events in three years.

The 20-year-old Jutanugarn closed with a 5-under 67 for a five-stroke victory Sunday in the Volvik Championship. She's the first player since Inbee Park in 2013 to win three consecutive tournaments and the first ever to make her first three career victories consecutive.

"Ariya is very difficult to describe, there really hasn't been a player like her in my generation," said 32-year-old Christina Kim, who finished second after a 71. "The way she powers the ball, it's remarkable. And she has such imagination around the golf course and incredible touch."

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Money Leaders: LPGA
Rank Player Earnings
1 L.Ko $1,102,829
2 A.Jutanugarn $882,820
3 H.Nomura $696,324
4 H.Jang $617,098
5 S.Kim $605,012
6 L.Thompson $583,471
7 B.Henderson $538,344
8 M.Lee $524,895
9 I.Chun $511,629
10 G.Piller $494,562
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