Ariya survives rollercoaster round to win US Women's Open


Smith began the day alongside Ariya Jutanugarn and Jeongeun6 Lee at the top of the leaderboard.

Another underdog story is brewing on day two of the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA.

While Jutanugarn was fading, the 22-year-old Kim was rolling. Confidence gave way to fear. Talley had gained a shot and was one-under for her round through six and at 1-over for the championship in a tie for 28th. Like other World No. 1s before her, Jutanugarn sees what winning can do for others.

Ariya Jutanugarn parred the fourth play-off hole to beat South Korea's Kim Hyo-joo for the 2018 US Women's Open title on Sunday.

They returned to the 18th hole for the third time Sunday.

Palmer never won a major again after his collapse all those years ago.

After a front nine 32 at Shoal Creek, Jutanugarn stood on the 10th tee with a seven shot lead, and it seemed the title was already a foregone conclusion. She made putt after putt to put pressure on Jutanugarn, including a 50-footer on 15 that pulled her within one shot of the lead. I flew home after San Francisco and missed the cut there. Jutanugarn had some wiggle room. She's got husband Duane on the bag as her longtime caddie.

"He's like, 'Come on".

"I feel like I want to inspire the kids", she said.

Jutanugarn admitted in her press conference she'd been aware of the scoreboard, "scared" and too "uncomfortable" to hit a three wood.

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Shoal Creek kept hitting back. 17 and No. 18 dropped her into a tie for the lead with Kim.

Former world number one Ariya roared past second round leader Sarah Jane Smith to finish with a 12-under 204 total as the tournament got back on schedule after heavy rains and lightning earlier this week resulted in a number of delays.

"I'm really honored to join the list of winners before me", said Jutanugarn, who adds her name to Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak and Inbee Park as the only ones to win both the U.S. Women's Open and the Ricoh Women's British Open.

She felt even better when the ball rolled close enough for an easy putt.

"She's a spectacular player, obviously", Smith said.

Sixty feet from the flagstick with a pond looming not far beyond, she blasted a courageous shot that trickled within a foot of the cup. Jutanugarn didn't panic when her trusty 2-iron went rogue.

Woods wasn't alone in missing short putts.

"I've not been in this position before (in a major), but I feel comfortable on the greens here and hope tomorrow (Saturday) is like another day at the office". "I don't know why".

One thing they saw that was different this time: Jutanugarn didn't panic. "I think she was just young and she didn't really handle it that well. I just took the shot in front of me".