World number one Ariya Jutanugarn will compete at the Women’s Australian Open, set to tee off at The Grange midway through February.

Ariya in the Adelaide Area

Ariya in the Adelaide Area

During the past decade, the tournament has been dominated by Asian golfers. South Korea, Japan and Taiwan have all produced winners at this event. However, Thai golfers have yet to solve the Australian Open mystery.

Jutanugarn, who is currently in the form of her life, plans to address that in 2019 though. The Grange will be uncharted territory for many of the women competing for top honours next season – that is something that could easily play into the hands of Jutanugarn.

The greater the adversity, the more she seems to smile.

“It has been a great year. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved and happy to have been competitive in so many tournaments,” Jutanugarn told journalists this week.

The Thai sensation secured 17 Top Ten finishes in 2018 and there is no apparent sign that she will take the foot off the proverbial pedal next season.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming to Australia to play and I’ve had a great time in Adelaide the past couple of years, so I can’t wait to come back in February and get my 2019 season started,” added Jutanugarn.

“I have been close a couple of times in Australia, but haven’t managed a win there yet, so hopefully next year. I know I love the courses I’ve seen so far in Adelaide, so I’ll be trying hard,” she said.

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