Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Women's Open on fourth playoff hole

US Women's Open: Ariya Jutanugarn leads by four shots after three rounds

Aside from Kim, Ciganda and Kang, the only player to break 70 on Sunday was Marina Alex, who wound up at 5 over and jumped from a tie for 56th to a tie for 27th.

"Unfortunately, I needed to withdraw from the U.S. Women's Open for personal reasons and am headed home to be with my family", Henderson said on her Twitter account.

Kim, world No. 67, was six strokes back of the fifth-ranked Jutanugarn, the overnight leader, to start the final round, and fell back by as many as seven strokes during the final day. Confidence gave way to fear.

Sarah Jane Smith has extended her lead at the U.S. Women's Open. Likewise, occasionally, a player's career can be defined by the tournaments they do not win rather than those they do; just ask Jean van de Velde.

After misplacing his form on that infamous occasion then losing an 18-hole playoff to Billy Casper the following day, Palmer didn't like talking about what happened. Other contenders like Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn still must finish Round 2, which will be completed on Saturday with the low 60 scorers plus ties making the cut.

Seven shots in front, nine holes left. Jutanugarn had some wiggle room.

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The Australian got her round in before a two-hour, 49-minute weather delay.

"He's like, 'Come on".

"Oh yeah, a little bit", Jutanugarn said. Then we have to do it.

Shoal Creek was never going to define Jutanugarn. She made seven pars in a row before back-to-back bogeys on Nos. Kim, also 22, just kept plugging away, the way Casper did 52 years ago. She nearly did both Sunday in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians.

Ko pulled that shot back at the 16th, but that was the only shot gained during her round as another bogey at the 18th meant she made the turn in one-over par 37. Laying up with an 8-iron, she hooked the ball badly in a hard lie in the rough. At the 2016 ANA Inspiration she lost a two-shot lead with three holes to play.

Even the smiles by design weren't really working. "I want an answer.' And she said, 'Yes, I'm good enough to win'". The two went to sudden death, and Jutanugarn beat Kim with a par on the second sudden death hole.

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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. 8 and 9 dropped her one shot behind Jutanugarn. I think I rushed putting them in. "I don't know what the outcome will be, but I know what I'm going to take action on".

"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".

On Monday at the CME Group Tour Championship last November, Jutanguarn told Nilsson and Marriott that it cost $350 to educate a child for an entire year at the schools she helps to fund. "Pretty hard, but I still can see the shot".

She made a almost flawless bunker shot to within a foot of the cup on the tournament-clinching hole, beating South Korea's Hyo-Joo Kim, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to force the playoff. Suddenly her formidable lead was down to just two. Jutanugarn's sister, Moriya, is also a professional player.

Charley Hull's best US Open to date saw her finish in a share of 10th.

"It's kind of fun seeing that", she said. "So it's just hard to guess and it swirls a lot within the trees so it's just really difficult clubbing".

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