2022 World Track and Field Championships: Day-by-day schedule for women’s events at Oregon22

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The 2022 World Track & Field Championships are underway in Eugene, Oregon, marking the first time the biannual outdoor competition is being held on U.S. soil.

Competition at the recently renovated Hayward Field runs from July 15 through July 24 and will feature 49 events (24 men’s, 24 women’s, and a mixed gender relay), plus a new team competition. Of the 1,878 athletes on the entry lists for Oregon22, 884 are women (47%).

To get up to speed on the biggest women’s storylines and names to follow, see below for On Her Turf’s day-by-day guide to the 2022 World Track & Field Championships, which also includes details on how to watch (both on TV and streaming).

*The schedule is listed in eastern time (ET), with events airing live and simultaneously across all time zones unless otherwise noted.


Sunday, July 24, 2022

After Olympic breakthrough, Athing Mu leads women’s 800m field

The final day of competition features a jam-packed schedule, including finals in the women’s long jump, 800m, 100m hurdles, and 4x400m relay.

In the women’s 800m, the U.S. could win its first ever world title in the event, with the American contingent led by reigning Olympic champion Athing Mu (Trenton, New Jersey). Mu, 20, owns three of the top five times so far this year.

Fellow U.S. teammates Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Ajee Wilson (Neptune, New Jersey), who claimed silver and bronze respectively at 2019 Worlds, should also be in the mix. Rogers also won Olympic bronze last summer, while Wilson claimed the indoor world title earlier this year.

UPDATE: Athing Mu becomes first American woman to win 800m, keeps win streak alive (video)

Other events to follow: The U.S. should be a top threat in the women’s 4x400m relay, having claimed the last seven Olympic titles and six of the last seven world championship titles in the event. Allyson Felix will compete in the preliminary round (Saturday evening) after U.S. team officials coaxed her out of her brief retirement following last week’s bronze medal in the mixed 4x400m relay.

RELATED: Allyson Felix to return to world championships for women’s 4x400m relay

The women’s 100m hurdles final is expected to feature a showdown between reigning Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who represents Puerto Rico, and world record holder Keni Harrison.

UPDATE: Two hours after breaking world record, Tobi Amusan wins 100m hurdles world title

How to watch: 

  • Peacock (9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock (12:30-3 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, CNBC (8-9 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (9-11 p.m. ET, 9-11 p.m. PT*)

The NBC Sports research team contributed to this report. 

Follow Alex Azzi on Twitter @AlexAzziNBC


Friday, July 15, 2022

Allyson Felix‘s final world championship race? 

Competition gets underway on Friday at Hayward Field, where all eyes will be on the 4x400m mixed gender relay, which could potentially be Allyson Felix‘s final world championship race. Felix finished sixth in the 400m at U.S. Championships in June, earning her a spot in Team USA’s relay pool.

With 18 world medals and 13 titles, Felix is already the most decorated athlete in track & field world championship history. But the 36-year-old has the chance to extend both of those records in Eugene before officially retiring next month.

UPDATE: Allyson Felix extends medal record, concludes career with mixed 4x400m bronze

Other finals: women’s 20km race walk

How to watch Friday’s events at Oregon22:

  • Peacock (12-8 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, USA Network (8-11 p.m. ET)

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Chase Ealey leads U.S. hopes in women’s shot put

The women’s shot put world champion will be crowned on Saturday night at Oregon22. While Tokyo silver medalist Raven Saunders missed out on qualifying, the U.S. has two contenders in Chase Ealey (Los Alamos, New Mexico) and Maggie Ewen (St. Francis, Minnesota). Ealey, who placed seventh at 2019 Worlds, owns the best mark of the year so far (20.51 meters).

China’s Gong Lijiao, the two-time defending world champion and reigning Olympic gold medalist, has competed sparingly this year but is still expected to be a top threat. Countrywoman Song Jiayuan, fifth at the Tokyo Olympics, should also be in the mix.

UPDATE: Chase Ealey makes history as first American woman to win shot put world title

Other noteworthy women’s events on Saturday at Oregon22:

  • The morning session will include the women’s 10,000m final, where the U.S. will be represented by Karissa Schweizer, Alicia Monson, and Natosha Rogers. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands will be the favorite. Hassan, who won gold in the 5000m and 10,000m and bronze in the 1500m at the Tokyo Olympics, will compete in both the 5000m and 10,000m in Eugene.

UPDATE: Gidey wins women’s 10,000m in thrilling, final sprint at 2022 World Championships

How to watch Saturday’s events: 

  • Peacock, CNBC (1:30-3 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (3-5 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, CNBC (8-9 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (9-11 p.m. ET, 9-11 p.m. PT*)

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Could the women’s 100m feature another Jamaican sweep?

It’s hard to overhype Jamaica’s strength in the the women’s 100m, which will have its semifinal and final rounds during the evening session on Sunday. The Caribbean island nation will be represented at Oregon22 by the trio of Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson. The three women swept the Olympic podium last summer in Tokyo and appear poised to repeat the feat in Eugene.

Fraser-Pryce, a four-time 100m world champion, owns the fastest three times of the year so far. Thompson-Herah is the two-time reigning Olympic champion in the 100m (and the 200m), while Jackson beat both athletes at Jamaica’s trials last month. Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah have also shown they are in striking distance of Florence Griffith-Joyner‘s long-standing 10.49 world record, set in 1988.

The biggest surprise of U.S. Championships was Sha’Carri Richardson missing the U.S. team in both the 100m and 200m. The U.S. still has a very fast contingent in 2022 U.S. champion Melissa Jefferson (Georgetown, South Carolina), Aleia Hobbs (New Orleans, Louisiana), and Twanisha “TeeTee” Terry (Miami, Florida).

UPDATE: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins fifth 100m world title, leads Jamaican podium sweep (video)

Other women’s events to watch on Sunday at Oregon22:

  • The morning session featured the women’s hammer final. (RECAP & VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Andersen, Kassanavoid lead U.S. to hammer gold, bronze at World Champs)
  • The evening session will feature the women’s pole vault final. American Sandi Morris, who has finished as runner-up at the last two world championships, will be aiming to win her first outdoor world title after posting four of the five best marks so far this season. Her biggest competition is likely to be her training partner, reigning Olympic gold medalist Katie Nageotte.
  • The women’s heptathlon gets underway with the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200m events.

How to watch: 

  • Peacock, CNBC (9-11:30 a.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (2-4:30 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, CNBC (8-10 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (10-11 p.m. ET, 10-11 p.m. PT*)

Monday, July 18, 2022

Can Faith Kipyegon further her legacy as the greatest women’s 1500m runner?

The women’s 1500m will feature a very speedy international field, with Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon expected to lead the way. Kipyegon is the two-time reigning Olympic champion and 2017 world champion in this event, but she’ll be looking to reclaim her world title after finishing as runner-up in 2019 (behind Sifan Hassan).

The U.S. will be represented in the final by 2022 U.S. champion Sinclaire Johnson (Longwood, Florida) and Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Mississippi). Elle St. Pierre (Montgomery, Vermont) didn’t make it out of the semifinal round.

Other Oregon22 events to keep tabs on on Monday:

  • The morning session features the women’s marathon, where the U.S. will be represented by Sara Hall, Emma Bates, and Keira D’Amato. Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel was initially slated to compete in Eugene, but she withdrew due to injury and an ongoing therapeutic use exemption.
  • The evening session will also feature the women’s triple jump final, in which world record holder Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela is a heavy favorite. Two Americans — Keturah Orji and Tori Franklin — qualified for the final and both have a shot at a spot on the podium.
  • The women’s heptathlon will come to a close following the long jump, javelin, and 800m events.

UPDATE: Yulimar Rojas three-peats in triple jump, Tori Franklin ends U.S. drought (video)

How to watch:   

  • Peacock, USA Network (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock (12:30-4 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock (8-11 p.m. ET)
  • USA Network (11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. ET, same-day delay)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

With Russia banned, Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh is high jump favorite

Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh is the women’s high jump favorite after posting the three best marks of 2022 so far. Mahuchikh, 20, also won the indoor world title in March after fleeing her hometown of Dnipropetrovsk following Russia’s invasion.

Fellow Ukrainian Iryna Gerashchenko, fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, should also be in the mix. American Vashti Cunningham, the 2019 world bronze medalist, failed to qualify for the final — the first big surprise of these 2022 World Championships.

Also of note: Three-time reigning world champion Mariya Lasitskene will be absent as a result of World Athletics’ ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes following the invasion of Ukraine. Lasitskene previously competed as an “Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA),” as a result of World Athletics’ other ongoing ban on Russia due the country’s state-sponsored doping program.

UPDATE: On night of upsets, Australia’s Eleanor Patterson victorious in women’s high jump final

How to watch: 

  • Peacock (8-11 p.m. ET)
  • USA Network (11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. ET, same-day delay)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Valarie Allman, best female discus thrower in a generation, aims for first world championship title

Reigning Olympic discus gold medalist Valarie Allman enters Oregon 22 as the favorite, having recorded six of the top ten throws this year. In April, she broke her American record with a 71.46-meter throw, the world’s best mark in 30 years. (As of this writing, the top 69 throws in history were all recorded prior to 1993, including many dubious marks by athletes from countries with organized doping programs.)

Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, a two-time Olympic champion, could become the first woman to win five world medals in discus.

UPDATE: After Olympic gold, Valarie Allman follows up with historic discus world bronze

Other events to follow on Wednesday:

  • The women’s steeplechase final will be held in the evening. The U.S. has won at least one medal in the event at each of the last four global championships (Olympics/world championships) thanks to the results of Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs. They’ll be joined in Eugene by Courtney Wayment, who had a stellar season for BYU that saw her win the NCAA title and break the collegiate record.

How to watch: Peacock, USA Network (7:30-11 p.m. ET)


Thursday, July 21, 2022

Abby Steiner is best U.S. hope in stacked 200m field

The women’s 200m is expected to feature a stacked field. The U.S. contingent is likely to be led by Kentucky’s Abby Steiner, who had a breakthrough performance at NCAA championships, setting a new NCAA 200m record and finishing on the podium in four events (1st in 200m and 4x400m relay, 2nd in 4x100m relay, 3rd in 100m).

Still, Steiner will face tough competition from veteran international stars, including reigning world champion Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain and the Jamaican trio of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah. American Tamara Clark also qualified for the women’s 200m final.

UPDATE: Shericka Jackson runs second fastest 200m in history, breaks world championship record

How to watch: Peacock, USA Network (8-11 p.m. ET)


Friday, July 22, 2022

Will Sydney McLaughlin break her world record again?

Sydney McLaughlin has revolutionized the 400m hurdles in the last year. At the 2019 World Championships, she crossed the line in what would have been a world record time, if not for U.S. teammate Dalilah Muhammad who claimed the record (52.16) – and world title – by 0.07 seconds.

McLaughlin has since taken control of that world record, breaking it at U.S. Olympic Trials in 2021 (51.90), then at the Tokyo Olympics (51.46), and then again at U.S. Championships in June (51.41).

Dutch athlete Femke Bol is also expected to to be a top threat. Earlier at Oregon22, the 22-year-old powered the Netherlands to a silver medal in the mixed gender 4x400m relay.

In addition to McLaughlin and Muhammad, the women’s 400m hurdles final will also feature Americans Shamier Little and Britton Wilson.

UPDATE: Sydney McLaughlin breaks 400m hurdles world record to win 2022 world title

Also on the schedule at Oregon22:

  • The morning session will feature the women’s 35km race walk.
  • The evening session will include finals of the women’s 400m and javelin. Two-time reigning Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo is the favorite in the 400m. She finished as runner-up in 2019 to Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, who is currently serving a suspension for missed doping tests. None of the three Americans —  Talitha Diggs, Kendall Ellis, and Lynna Irby — qualified for the final.

UPDATE: Kara Winger’s final javelin throw results in first ever medal for U.S. women

How to watch: 

  • Peacock (9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, USA Network (8:30-11 p.m. ET)

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Jamaica looks to repeat in women’s 4x100m relay

Jamaica is the heavy favorite in the 4x100m relay, thanks to the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Elaine Thompson-Herah, plus Kemba Nelson. The world record — set by the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics — could be on notice.

Other events to keep tabs on: the women’s 5000m final, where the U.S. contingent includes Elise Cranny, Karissa Schweizer, and Emily Infeld. Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, who won the 10,000m earlier this week in Eugene, posted the top time in qualifying.

UPDATE: Tsegay wins women’s 5000m world title after dramatic last lap (video)

How to watch: 

  • Peacock (12:50-4 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (2-3 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, CNBC (8-9 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (9-11 p.m. ET, 9-11 p.m. PT*)

2022 Rivalry Series: USA extends lead to 3-0 over Canada in women’s hockey showcase

Hilary Knight #21 of Team United States reacts after scoring a shorthanded goal in the second period during the Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match.
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Hilary Knight had two goals and one assist to lead the U.S. women’s hockey team to a 4-2 win over Canada on Sunday, extending Team USA’s series lead to 3-0 in the seven-game 2022-23 Rivalry Series.

Savannah Harmon and Abby Roque also scored for the U.S., which has notched three consecutive wins against Canada for the first time since 2019. Goalie Nicole Hensley made 22 saves in front of a record-setting crown at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, where fan attendance totaled 14,551.

Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Nurse scored for Canada, which captured gold \at both the IIHF Women’s World Championship in September and the Beijing Olympics in February.

Knight has enjoyed a standout 2022-23 Rivalry Series to date, registering six points (three goals, three assists) in the first three games including the game-winning goal in a shootout victory in Game 1 of the series on Tuesday and the game-winning assist in Game 2 on Thursday. Prior to the puck drop in Seattle on Sunday, Knight was presented with a golden stick to commemorate her record-breaking 87th career point in world championship play. Knight became the all-time points leader at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in September, when the eight-time world champion recorded one goal and one assist in Team USA’s 12-1 quarterfinal win over Hungary.

Sunday’s matchup between the U.S. and Canada marked the third game of the 2022-23 Rivalry Series and was the third matchup between the two teams in five days. The U.S. came in with a 2-0 series lead following a 2-1 victory on Thursday in Kamloops, B.C., and a 4-3 shootout victory — the first shootout in Rivalry Series history — in Kelowna, B.C., on Tuesday. It also was the first game for the U.S. national team on home soil since Dec. 17, 2021, when the team hosted Canada in St. Louis (Canada won 3-2 in overtime).

The 2022-23 Rivalry Series continues next month with two games in the U.S., set to be played in Las Vegas on Dec. 17 and Los Angeles on Dec. 19.


2022-23 Rivalry Series schedule, results

DATE TIME/RESULT LOCATION NETWORK
Tuesday, Nov. 15 USA 4, CAN 3 (SO) Kelowna, British Columbia NHL Network
Thursday, Nov. 17 USA 2, CAN 1 Kamloops, British Columbia NHL Network
Sunday, Nov. 20 USA 4, CAN 2 Seattle, Washington NHL Network
Thursday, Dec. 15 10 p.m. ET Henderson, Nevada NHL Network
Monday, Dec. 19 10 p.m. ET Los Angeles, California NHL Network
TBD TBD TBD NHL Network
TBD TBD TBD NHL Network

What is the Rivalry Series?

The Rivalry Series was introduced by USA Hockey and Hockey Canada during the 2018-19 season and designed as an annual showcase of the highest level of women’s hockey at various locations in the United States and Canada. The first series comprised three games between the two national teams, with Canada winning 2-1. Team USA took 2019-20 title, winning the expanded five-game series 4-1 and wrapping with an overtime win in the finale in front of a then-record-breaking total of 13,320 fans in Anaheim, California.

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and preparation for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the Rivalry Series resumed this season with seven games over three months: three in November, two in December and two in February.

The U.S. and Canada have battled in the gold-medal game of six of seven Winter Olympics and 20 of 21 IIHF Women’s World Championship, with the two exceptions being the 2019 World Championship and 2006 Olympics. The Canadian women are the reigning Olympic and world champions.


2022-23 Rivalry Series rewind: USA takes Games 1-2

Game 1 recap: USA 4, CAN 3, SO (Nov. 15): The series kicked off Tuesday with Team USA grabbing a 2-0 lead off goals from Hannah Brandt and Hilary Knight. But Canada battled back with three unanswered goals and held a 3-2 lead with 13 minutes to go in the third. With just 1:29 remaining in regulation, Alex Carpenter tied it for the Americans, sending the game to overtime. The U.S. ultimately won in a shootout, with Knight and Carpenter scoring while U.S. goalie Nicole Hensley made two key saves.

Game 2 recap: USA 2, CAN 1 (Nov. 17): Canada was first to get on the board Thursday when Marie-Philip Poulin capitalized off a penalty shot opportunity in the second period, but USA’s Kendall Coyne Schofield knotted the score just 1:12 later. Alex Carpenter scored the go-ahead tally with 6:36 remaining in the third to give the U.S. a 2-1 win and a 2-0 series lead. U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney recorded 19 saves in net.


Who’s playing in the 2022-23 Rivalry Series?

Team USA’s roster — led by coach John Wroblewski — for the November Rivalry Series games features 23 players, 16 of whom were part of the silver medal-winning team at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship in August:

  • Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.)
  • Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.)
  • Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.)
  • Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.)
  • Aerin Frankel(Chappaqua, N.Y.)
  • Rory Guilday (Minnetonka, Minn.)
  • Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.)
  • Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.)
  • Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
  • Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.)
  • Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho)
  • Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.)
  • Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
  • Hayley Scamurra (Getzville, N.Y.)
  • Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.)
  • Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.).

Team Canada’s 23-player roster, selected by coach Troy Ryan and director of hockey operations Gina Kingsbury, features 16 players who were on the gold medal-winning team at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship and the 2022 Beijing Olympics (Canada beat , including:

  • Erin Ambrose
  • Kristen Campbell
  • Emily Clark
  • Ann-Renée Desbiens
  • Renata Fast
  • Brianne Jenner
  • Jocelyne Larocque
  • Emma Maltais
  • Emerance Maschmeyer
  • Sarah Nurse
  • Marie-Philip Poulin
  • Jamie Lee Rattray
  • Ella Shelton
  • Laura Stacey
  • Blayre Turnbull
  • Micah Zandee-Hart

Rivalry Series history

Following Sunday’s victory, the U.S. holds a 6-2-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record over Canada all time in the Rivalry Series. Canada won the 2018-19 Rivalry Series with a 2-0-0-1 record, while the U.S. won the 2019-20 Rivalry Series with a 3-1-1-0 record.

2019-20 Rivalry Series results

DATE RESULT LOCATION U.S. PLAYER OF THE GAME
Dec. 14, 2019 USA 4, CAN 1 Hartford, Connecticut Alex Cavallini
Dec. 17, 2019 USA 2, CAN 1 Moncton, N.B. Alex Carpenter
Feb. 3, 2020 CAN 3, USA 2 (OT) Victoria, B.C. Hilary Knight
Feb. 5, 2020 USA 3, CAN 1 Vancouver, B.C. Katie Burt
Feb. 8, 2020 USA 4, CAN 3 (OT) Anaheim, California Megan Bozek

2018-19 Rivalry Series results

DATE RESULT LOCATION
Feb. 12 USA 1, CAN 0 London, Ontario
Feb. 14 CAN 4, USA 3 Toronto, Ontario
Feb. 17 CAN 2, USA 0 Detroit Michigan

Atthaya Thitikul takes LPGA rookie-of-year honors in stride ahead of Tour Championship

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand smiles after the birdie on the 6th green during the second round of the TOTO Japan Classic.
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To say that Atthaya Thitikul has enjoyed a breakout rookie LPGA season is a bit of an understatement, but keeping things low-key is exactly how 19-year-old “Jeeno” likes it.

As the 2022 season concludes this week at the CME Group Tour Championship, Thitikul has already captured two LPGA titles, held the No. 1 spot in the world rankings and collected the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors. But the current world No. 2 displays a wise-beyond-her-years ethos when she says what she’s most proud of this season is her mindset.

“[I’m]19 years old — I think I’m still young to handle all the things that I have now,” Thitikul told On Her Turf ahead of this week’s season finale in Naples, Fla. “I didn’t say that I handled it well, but I’ve just said that I think I can handle it. I can do it. And yeah, it’s turned out to be pretty good this year.”

To keep herself in check, the Thailand native keeps her philosophy posted on her Instagram profile, which reads, “Be you, be happy and everything will be fine.” Thitikul, who on Oct. 31 joined 18-time LPGA winner Lydia Ko as the only players in tour history to reach No. 1 before their 20th birthday, said she took stock of poor performances on the golf course and found they all had one thing in common: She wasn’t being herself.

“I didn’t have fun,” she says of those unsatisfactory rounds. “I was expecting a lot of results on the golf course, not really talking, not really enjoying it. So I think being myself, have fun, keep smiling, keep laughing and talking with other players or talking with my caddie, joking around — I think it’s the best that I can do.”

Golf has always been fun for Thitikul, who grew up in northeast Thailand and was introduced to the sport at age 6 through her father and grandfather, both of whom were not golfers themselves but recognized the opportunity that golf might provide. Thitikul teases that her grandfather was enamored with Tiger Woods, but after her first golf experience with a professional in Bangkok, she was hooked, too.

“They asked me when I finished practicing, do I like it? And I say, ‘Yeah, I do.’ Because [there were] a lot of friends and when I practice, it seemed fun and it seemed not like other sports that I have been watching on TV,” she recalls.

Thitikul’s ascent to the top of her sport was swift: In February 2017, just three days after her 14th birthday, she made her first LPGA tournament appearance at the Honda LPGA Thailand and finished 37th out of 66 players. Just five months later, Thitikul made headlines when she became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event at age 14 years, 4 months and 19 days old, winning the Ladies European Thailand Championship on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

RELATED: 2022 CME Group Tour Championship — How to watch, who’s playing in LPGA’s season finale

For three more years, Thitikul resisted turning professional, racking up multiple international amateur victories and plenty of tour experience, notching her first LPGA top-10 finish in March 2018 at the HSBC Women’s World Championship (T-8) and earning low amateur honors that same year at two majors, the ANA Inspiration (T-30) and Women’s British Open (T-64). The following year, she won the Ladies European Thailand Championship for the second time in three years, earned low amateur honors at the British Open (finishing T-29) for the second straight year and was No. 1 on the women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

In her first year as a pro, during the pandemic-impacted 2020 season, Thitikul broke through for her first professional win in July at the Thai LPGA Championship. She finished the season with five Thai LPGA wins and topped the money list.

Thitikul moved to the LET in 2021, winning the Czech Ladies Open in June, and just a month later she moved into the top 100 on the world rankings for the first time at No. 89. She finished 2021 with two wins, three runner-ups and nine additional top-10 finishes, securing the LET Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year titles and becoming just the fourth player to win both awards in the same season.

After finishing third at LPGA Qualifying School to earn her card for 2022, Thitikul didn’t miss a beat in her meteoric rise this season. She posted two top-10s in her first four starts before striking a staff deal with Callaway, which she followed up by winning her first LPGA title in March at the JTBC Classic. She carded an 8-under 64 in the final round to force a playoff and Nanna Koerstz Madsen on the second extra hole. She earned her second LPGA title in September at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, tying the tournament record of 61 in the second round and beating Danielle Kang in a playoff.

As for the pressure of being a teen phenom, Thitikul admits she can’t ignore it but has figured out how to turn it around to her advantage: “It’s still so hard because I think as players want to be on top and we put the pressure on ourselves, and there’s a lot of eyes on us. … But at the same time, it’s kind of like you couldn’t win every week, you couldn’t have a good day every day. It’s golf. I like to think of pressure as a challenge. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I think of it as challenging.”

Away from the golf course, Thitikul enjoys spending time with friends, watching Korean television dramas and indulging in Asian food (Chinese and Korean are favorites). Although she doesn’t have a pet, she says she’s a dog person, and prefers the mountains to the beach, as she loves to hike.

But don’t expect too much lounging, hiking or other non-golf activities on Thitikul’s itinerary after this season wraps on Sunday.

“This offseason, we have a lot of work to do,” she says.” There are a lot of things I still have to learn – not just for next year but for [beyond.] … But hopefully next year, it’s going to be nice and good for me as well. I really want to have a major win in my career. I don’t know if it’s going to happen next year, but hopefully.”