Ariya edges Kim in playoff to win US Women's Open

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Jutanugarn defeated Hyo Joo Kim on the fourth playoff hole to capture her ninth career win on the LPGA Tour and become just the fifth player in women's golf to win both the U.S. Women's Open and Ricoh Women's British Open.

Australian surprise packet Sarah Jane Smith admits nerves played a part as her three-shot lead melted into a four-shot deficit to former world No.1 Ariya Jutanagarn at the US Women's Open.

But things quickly fell apart on the way home as the Thai star recorded a triple-bogey seven on the 10th and then dropped another shot on the 12th.

Another birdie from Kim and an additional bogey by Jutanugarn at the par 4, 12 cut the lead to two.

This article was written by David Brandt from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. The player notorious for being a homebody who likes to lay in bed and watch TV, pulled up a seat in the grass and leaned against her golf bag.

They shared the third hole in par before Jutanugarn's superb bunker shot made the difference. "Maybe years ago when she won the last event on the Futures Tour to get a card at the end of 2008".




And when Kim, the 2014 Evian Championship victor, holed a putt from off the green at the 15th, for her fifth birdie of the day, the lead was reduced to a single stroke.

- Yeah, I mean, she actually hit the ball very well on that front side for the first seven holes.

It marked an wonderful recovery for the 22-year old, who had been hanging on after Kim birdied the first playoff hole. When it was Jutanugarn's turn, she stepped up and knocked her approach to two-feet which she made for birdie to extend her lead again to two with two holes to play. She is still chasing Smith, along with everyone else.

"Honestly, I didn't really worry too much about it because I just focused on how I was going to play", Kim said through a translator. So it's nice to feel like I'm seeing the greens really well and seeing some putts go in.

Lydia Ko's struggles at the US Open have continued into her final round.

Smith, a 33-year-old from Australia, had a three-shot lead going into the weekend after back-to-back 67s, but finished the tournament with two straight disappointing rounds.

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