Atthaya Thitikul wins 2022 LPGA Rookie of the Year, second consecutive Thai to win


Thailand now claims the last two LPGA rookies of the year.

On Thursday, the LPGA announced that Atthaya Thitikul, who recently became the world’s No. 1 player, has won the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award for 2022.

The 19-year-old has racked up two wins this season — the JTBC Classic and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship — and amassed a total of 14 top-10s. In the Rookie of the Year standings, Thitikul has an insurmountable 250 point lead over second place Hye-Jin Choi, who withdrew from the Pelican Women’s Championship this week.

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Thitikul is now the third Thai to win the award. Patty Tavatanakit won Rookie of the Year last season and Moriya Jutanugarn won it in 2013.

“It is such an honor to win the Rookie of the Year award, especially as I am the second consecutive player from Thailand to win this honor,” said Thitikul. “I’m glad I made my home country proud. My rookie year was a lot of fun and memorable, but we still have a long way to go.”

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Thitikul will receive the award at the 2022 Rolex LPGA Awards ceremony, to be held on Thursday, November 17 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, during the week of the CME Group Tour Championship ending the season.