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

Thailand now claims the final 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 2022 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award.

The 19-year-old has picked up two wins this season – the JTBC Classic and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship – and has 14 top 10 finishes overall. In Rookie of the Year standings, Thitikul holds an insurmountable 250-point lead over second-placed 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’s such an honor to win the Rookie of the Year award, especially to be the second player in a row from Thailand to win this honour,” Thitikul said. “I’m happy to have made my country proud. My rookie year was really fun and memorable, but we still have a long way to go.”

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

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