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Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Women's Open after four-hole play-off

07 June 2018

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

Henderson shot a 1-over 73 in the first round on Thursday.

Ariya Jutanugarn claimed a second major title, winning the U.S. Women's Open after a four-hole play-off on Sunday. Time and again on Sunday she made long putts, and she wasn't about to stop making them now. Later that year she won her first major, the British Open.

Jutanugarn didn't seem to mind, finishing with a 70 in the morning.

Seven shots in front, nine holes left.

Jutanugarn had an opening birdie to move to 6 under through eight holes.

She tore the labrum in her right shoulder later that year, and then slumped terribly in her return, missing 10 LPGA cuts in a row. Jutanugarn had some wiggle room. It (the tee shot) went over the green, almost hit a cow in this farm over the back. Then her caddie, Les Luark, stepped in.

"He's like, 'Come on".

"I have nothing to lose", said Smith. Bogeys on Nos. 12, 17 and 18 were too much to be offset by a gorgeous tee shot to four feet on the par-3 16th.

While Jutanugarn was fading, the 22-year-old Kim was rolling.

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Not only does Ariya become the first Thai to win a US Women's Open title but she is the first champion from a country other than South Korea or the United States since Sweden's Annika Sorenstam in 2006. He was briefly tied for the lead Saturday until three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes, and he had to settle for a 68.

Even the smiles by design weren't really working.

"I felt pretty good, " Jutanugarn said about her mood before the shot.

They each made par on the third playoff hole and then Ariya pounced at the fourth, hitting out of the bunker and tapping home an easy championship par putt tory as Kim missed her par putt.

Sixty feet from the flagstick with a pond looming not far beyond, she blasted a fearless shot that trickled within a foot of the cup. Returning to the 18th, Jutanugarn went over the green while Kim found a bunker.

"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".

"Actually, I wasn't keeping up with the score at the time so I didn't really know about it". The lie was not that good in the bunker, but I feel I can do it. "So after that I'm not really hit 3-wood anymore". I'm playing well, and it's just not sort of coming together.

Jutanugarn and Kim finished regulation at 11 under 277, four shots clear of third-placed Spaniard Carlota Ciganda (69) while American Danielle Kang (69) was a shot further back fourth.

There were lots of smiles after the long, wet week concluded with a long, wacky day.

Niemann is a 19-year-old from Chile in just his fifth pro start, and he already had a pair of top 10s on the PGA Tour. Jutanugarn's sister, Moriya, is also a professional player.

Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Women's Open after four-hole play-off