Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Open in a playoff

  • Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Open in a playoff

Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Open in a playoff

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand poses with the trophy after winning the 2018 US Women's Open at Shoal Creek on June 3, 2018 in Shoal Creek, Alabama.

Jutanugarn had a chance to win the Honda LPGA Thailand as a 17-year-old.

World No.5 Jutanugarn is seemingly in cruise control atop the leaderboard, picking up one shot to climb to 13 under through 11 holes and she is three strokes ahead of Hyo-Joo Kim at 10 under.

In the first use of the new two-hole aggregate playoff for USGA Open championships, it was Kim who gained the advantage after rolling in another monster putt for birdie on the first hole (No. 14) - while Jutanugarn made par.

Both pushed their second shots on the 18th into the bunker, but Jutanugarn made a near-perfect bunker shot to seal the win.

The pair then needed four extra holes to be separated, with a par on the 18th hole enough for Jutanugarn to win the championship.

It took four playoff holes for Jutanugarn, known as "May", to finally shake Hyo-Joo Kim, a former major victor who hadn't played like one lately until Shoal Creek.

Unlike Smith, 22-year-old Jutanagarn had to rise extra early to complete her second round before playing her third. "I feel very good about how I played, especially that I did not have any bogey today on the final round. I don't know what the outcome will be, but I know what I'm going to take action on".

"I just felt really easy", said Smith, who is seeking a first win since joining the tour in 2006.

Her final round was her second-best of the tournament behind her 71 on the first day but it has left her languishing back in a five-way tie for 48th place.

"It did not really enter my mind that I was going to come that close, so I just focused on my game". She nabbed two more birdies before the turn and another at the par-five third before her only bogey of the day, a three-putt at eight.

"It's really tough for me because, you know, I didn't have good finish the last two holes".

She missed a 10-foot putt that would have won it at the last, shooting one-over-par 73, while Kim carded 67 to tie it at 11-under-par 277. "Hopefully, tomorrow I can go out with a little bit more confidence".

Faxon, who followed Ariya for the final 36 holes at Shoal Creek, compared the meltdown to that of Arnold Palmer at the 1966 US Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco.

"I find the nerves of playing bad are a lot harder to deal with than the nerves of playing good".

Ko will, though, start round three no less than 14 shots off the lead in a tie for 52nd.

Smith now sits four shorts clear of fellow Australian Oh Su-Hyun.