A. Jutanugarn gets sponsor exemption into Mobile Bay

Ariya Jutanugarn tees off on the 6th hole during the fourth round of the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills' Blackstone Course.

Ariya Jutanugarn tees off on the 6th hole during the fourth round of the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills' Blackstone Course.

Ariya Jutanugarn has secured another sponsor exemption on the LPGA tour. Jutanugarn, the 17-year-old who is leading the LET's Order of Merit, will play the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala., May 16-19.

This marks the fourth sponsor exemption for Jutanugarn, whose appeal to attend 2012 LPGA Q-School one year before reaching the 18-year-old age qualification was denied. Jutanugarn has four starts so far this season on the Ladies European Tour – including a victory in Morocco. Her LPGA starts include the Honda LPGA Thailand, HSBC Women’s Championship and Kingsmill Championship, all played on sponsor exemptions. She Monday qualified into the LPGA Lotte Championship in Oahu.

Jutanugarn is allowed to accept two more sponsor exemptions into LPGA events this year, but her schedule is shaping up nicely without them.

Because she is inside the top 20 in the Rolex Rankings (No. 18), Jutanugarn has earned a spot in the next major, the Wegman’s LPGA Championship.

Thanks to her LET victory, Jutanugarn can play in two other majors, the Ricoh Women’s British Open and The Evian. She also is exempt into the U.S. Women’s Open by her world ranking, currently 18th. She missed only the season’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she was low amateur the past two years.

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