06 February 2019
To Make Everyone Proud
LPGA Player of the Year 2018 Ariya Junatugarn visited Indonesia at the end of 2018 to host a “Golf Inspiration” clinic. Following the clinic, she spent some time meeting a few members of the Indonesian media. OB Golf sat down with the World No. 1 women’s player for an exclusive chat about her experiences as a golfer:
What were your goals as a child?
When I was young, the only goal was to make money from golf. I wanted to take care of my family.
Your sister, Moriya, is also a professional golfer, what is your relationship like?
We are very close. I can’t help her on everything, but she really helps me on everything, especially on the golf course. She is the best at putting and I struggle with putting. I always ask her, and she helps me.
What is it like playing as the world number one golfer, when everyone is looking at you under a microscope?
I used to feel really bad to be world number one. I don’t like to play under people’s expectation. Every time I played as number one, everybody expected me to play well. I didn’t have my own expectation. I learned a lot from last year (2017). This year, I didn’t think about my ranking. I just focused on what I’m working on as a player.
Which of your Tour victories mean the most to you?
First is Yokohama Tire two years ago, because it’s my first professional title. The second one is Ricoh Women's British Open, my first major title, and the third one is the US Women’s open, winning on the play-off in a tough battle.
Who would be your dream pairing?
I want to play with Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott, and also Justin Rose.
What do you do when you’re not playing on Tour?
Mostly I rest, normally for one week after the last tournament. And I attend sponsors’ days. I love to play tennis but I don’t like to run.
What is your next target?
I don't have a specific target. I just want to continue to improve my ability so that I can make my country, family, and myself proud. In essence, I will continue to improve myself.