Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Aussie Smith surges to lead in weather-hit US Women's Open

Aussie Smith surges to lead in weather-hit US Women's Open

It wasn't easy, but Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn held her second major trophy aloft when she captured the U.S. Women's Open.

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

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

Sitting at 3 under after a 68, Spain's Carlotta Ciganda said she was surprised to see any one at double-digits under par like Smith. "I didn't hit my tee shots very well, but it was a fun day". "She played great that whole week but this is something totally different".

Jutanugarn certainly looked like it on Saturday, combining long drives with a solid short game and putting. A birdie at the first extra hole, the 14th, gave her a quick advantage. But her struggles were not over yet. I said, is there a book or something I can read?

But after appearing to have steadied the ship, Ariya made a mess of the par-five 17th and was lucky to escape with a bogey, then missed a 10-foot par putt at the last to win it, signing off with a 73 and limping into a cumulative-score two-hole playoff with Kim, who shot a bogey-free 67. She became the second youngest player in LPGA history to win a major championship, capturing the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at 18 years, 9 months and 2 days.

Smith started the tournament with back-to-back 67s, but didn't make a birdie in the third round.

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

Of the other two overnight leaders, Lee Jeong-eun backtracked with a 75 to fall eight strokes back, while Jutanugarn, who had a late tee time, will have to complete her second round early on Saturday morning. Jutanugarn said she had a 4 a.m. wakeup call and played a total of 28 holes as the temperature hovered around 90 degrees with stifling humidity.

Jutanugarn is only 22, and she won't mind discussing the past couple of hours of this Women's Open like Palmer on his '66 debacle.

Both players made par on the third play-off hole, before 2016 Women's British Open victor Jutanugarn saved par to win the title after a deft bunker shot on the 18th. Jutanugarn had applauded for several of Kim's fine strokes, but she deserved a standing-O for this sand shot.

"I think I'm going to sleep pretty well", Jutanugarn said.

Smith, 33, is hoping for a breakthrough victory despite lacklustre results so far in a season in which her best finish was a tie for 26th at the Kia Classic. 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.

Jutanugarn said support from her family and coaches helped her stay positive and come through with her ninth LPGA Tour win.

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