Jutanugarn earns four-stroke lead at U.S. Women's Open

Sarah Jane Smith

Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. This wasn't the same Ariya Jutanugarn who tripled the final hole at home in Thailand as a 17-year-old. But she didn't stop believing.

Finally, after an excruciating few hours of golf, the positive vibes came true.

But Jutanugarn regrouped to claim her second major championship title with a par save from a bunker at the fourth hole of their playoff.

Going to the 18th for the final playoff hole both Kim and Jutanugarn missed the green. It was that sense of goal that allowed her to push through her disastrous finish and end the playoff strong. I'm rooting for everyone because if I'm going to win the tournament, I don't want to win because another player didn't play good.

"Actually, I wasn't keeping up with the score at the time so I didn't really know about it".

"She rolls the ball beautifully". She won the U.S. Women's Open in 2014.

First round leader Ariya Juanugarn (-5) started her second 18 at 1:15 p.m. local time. Returning to the 18th, Jutanugarn went over the green while Kim found a bunker. But the Thai star survived long enough to defeat Hyo Joo Kim on the fourth playoff hole Sunday at the U.S. Women's Open. The format then switched to sudden death, alternating between the same holes.

Serena Williams pulls out of showdown with Maria Sharapova
In her press conference, Serena said she began to feel the issue in her third-round singles match against Julia Goerges . Serena Williams has withdrawn from Roland Garros just moments before her fourth-round match against Maria Sharapova .

South Korea's Kim closed with a five-under 67 to force the playoff and had two long putts to win in the extra session but couldn't get them to fall. But Kim made bogey - her first of the day - on 18 while Jutanugarn made par again to send the format to sudden death. Such things don't disappear at once, but Jutanugarn played a terribly sloppy 10th hole, hitting her trusty and powerful 3-wood into a creek.

"I hope to show up like it's another day", said Smith, whose husband, Duane, is her caddie.

Smith carded a second straight 5-under 67 to move into 10 under at the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Alabama.

"After you have seven-shot lead and end up in playoff, I had no expectation because I kind of got mad a little bit with my back nine". Her confidence shaken, she had another bogey on 12 and the tournament was suddenly much closer than anyone expected. Kim, also 22, just kept plugging away, the way Casper did 52 years ago.

Despite losing her big lead, Jutanugarn says she wasn't feeling nervous going to the two-hole playoff. She is still chasing Smith, along with everyone else. "I just want to go out and be proud of myself every day", Jutanugarn said. "So after that I'm not really hit 3-wood anymore".

Ariya was among 78 players who got up at the break of dawn to return to the course early Saturday to complete their rain-hit second rounds.

Ariya has eight LPGA victories in the past two years, including a major at the 2016 Women's British Open.

Related News:



Most liked

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries satellite into orbit
The black paint is part of the rocket's new thermal protection system, which makes it highly flame resistant and rapidly reusable. There are also some concerns about the Falcon Heavy rocket, which hasn't been under as much testing as the Falcon 9 rocket.

China warns USA against tariffs as trade talks end
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire referred to the "G6 plus one" and expressed "total incomprehension" over the U.S. actions. He blames what he calls their abusive trade policies for America's persistent trade deficits - $566 billion past year .

'River of lava' flows into Guatemala village killing several people
A disaster authority spokesman said a change in wind direction was to blame for the volcanic ash falling on parts of the capital. At an ad-hoc morgue in the town of Alotenango, at least three bodies lay covered with blue sheets.

Economist: US tariffs would impact Estonia via European Union economy
"These tariffs are an affront to the longstanding security partnership between Canada and the United States ", he said . The EU Commission, the bloc's executive, said the measures could enter into force on June 20 at the earliest.

NBA Finals 2018: Warriors vs
Despite his ankle injury, Klay Thompson intends to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. But like the rest of the NBA Finals , the Cavs couldn't convert on LeBron's incredible play.

Things we learned from Fulham's win over Aston Villa
Villa regardless created chances that superior teams would have taken, so Fulham could prove at risk by playing that same way in the Premier League .

Russian journalist turns up alive after reported murder
The 41-year-old had reportedly been shot several times in the back and died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Babchenko left Russian Federation a year ago after he said he received a slew of death threats for his reporting .

Melania Trump dismisses conspiracy theories, says she's 'feeling great'
Trump could end up being hurt by the fact that she made the long-waited announcement about her initiative - and then disappeared. In her absence, others have stepped in to perform the duties that traditionally fall to the president's spouse.

Facebook Is Killing Off Its Trending News Section
Another feature, called " Today In ", shows people breaking news in their area from local publishers, officials and organizations. Ultimately, the tool appears to have created more headaches for Facebook than it was actually worth to the company.

[Newsmaker] Declaration of end to Korean War possible in Singapore
Trump suddenly withdrew from the meeting last week, only to announce a day later that it could still get back on track. Despite saying the two sides made "real progress", Pompeo also cautioned that there might be no quick solution.

Rappers Who Released Diss Tracks About Drake
Before releasing the song, Pusha-T said he was ready for a response to Duppy Freestyle . Previously there were rumors about Drake's relationship - Pusha just confirmed them.

Rumors Indicate Fallout 76 Will Be an Online Survival RPG
Yesterday Bethesda was teasing a big announcement regarding the Fallout series, and now the curtain has been pulled back. Fallout 4 was released in 2015 and has continued to receive patches and DLC over the next year or so.

Injured Salah gives update on World Cup hopes
The FIFA World Cup is scheduled to begin on June 14, as 32 teams battle for honors in the World's biggest football tournament. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon, sparking speculation over his future.

How To Celebrate National Donut Day
Lastly, Salvation Army and the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association will hold a "Donut Day" in downtown Cincinnati. It's actually happening but beware - There's only one free doughnut per customer while stocks last so you better be quick.

President mulls commuting Blagojevich's term, pardoning Stewart
Rod Blagojevich , a Democrat who tried to sell President Barack Obama's former US senate seat. D'Souza is the latest controversial right-wing figure to get a reprieve from the president.