Resilient Ariya Jutanugarn bounces back for US Women's Open title

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

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand plays her second shot on the 10th hole during the thrid round of the 2018 U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek on Sunday in Shoal Creek, Alabama.

What might have been the most hard day of the 22-year-old's career ended with her winning Sunday's playoff against Hyo-Joo Kim and walking away $900,000 richer with a second major title.

She finished with a one-over par 73 and a 72-hole total of 11-under 277.

The pair headed back to the 14th tee to begin a two-hole aggregate play-off, and Kim sank another long putt for birdie to gain the upper hand as Jutanugarn could not follow her in from 10 feet.

Anyone who watched surely enjoyed the affair, and they may also have been clued into a specific visual: Jutanugarn applauding successful shots made by Kim during their one-on-one playoff. She won the Women's British Open in 2016 and is coming off a victory at the Kingsmill Championship in May.

That put her in a two-hole playoff with Hyo-Joo Kim, who shot 5-under 67. The second round will be completed Saturday with the low 60 scorers plus ties making the cut.

DUBLIN, Ohio - Bryson DeChambeau finished off a 6-under 66 with birdies on two of the toughest holes, giving him a one-shot lead going into a final round at a Memorial that features Tiger Woods in the mix at Muirfield Village for the first time in six years.

Garber, who played golf at Georgia, started the final round at the TPC Wakefield three shots behind Michael Johnson, who ran into trouble on the front nine and closed out that side with a double bogey. "I don't worry about the outcome".




"Just keep thinking about those two 3-footers I missed", said DeChambeau, who was at 14-under 202.

"I'm not really thinking about my position but I'm really happy about my game right now", she said. But as she sailed her 3-wood in to the water on her way to a triple bogey on the first hole of the back nine, it all started to change. She was at 12-under-par 204 for the tournament.

"I told myself to just go out and have fun and be really committed, and I did", Ariya said.

That meant another playing of the 18th and both found a greenside bunker but Jutanugarn played a sublime escape to two feet while Kim's pulled up 18 feet from the hole and she could not hole her par putt. She knows it's important to have that mindset, because you're always going to have good weeks.

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

The Thai, by contrast, made further bogeys on the 12th, 17th and 18th.

American Danielle Kang (69) was four shots back of Ciganda, the only player to finish fourth.

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