Ariya edges Kim in play-off to win US Women’s Open

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Smith, who was among the lucky half of the field to finish on Friday, enjoyed a sleep-in while many of her rivals woke before dawn, including Ariya, who got up at 4 a.m. local time. Jutanugarn's sister, Moriya, is also a professional player.

"This looks much better now", Ariya will tell Mo. "Sisters can be like that". "It's fun for her, but not for us".

Hyo-Joo Kim hits out of the bunker to the 18th green during the second hole of a playoff in the final round of the U.S. Women's Open.

This wild day was a ideal microcosm of Ariya's roller-coaster career. She nearly did both Sunday in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. "But I wouldn't work for anyone else". "I don't know why".

Sarah Jane Smith pushed into a four-stroke lead at the U.S. Women's Open as the second round was suspended Friday. She's at 10-under 134 heading into the weekend after failing to make the cut in five of her previous six U.S. Women's Open tries. "After that I was a little bit scared, like my next shot".

A lightning storm forced play to be halted for nearly four hours and play was only able to resume for an hour before being delayed again.

That trio are well ahead of the rest of the pack, with a group of seven players back at three under.

So does their mother, Apple.

Oh said her effort included "nothing outstanding" although she putted well and dealt calmly with the challenges of the soggy course.

Fortunately, Luark knows that, too.

While Jutanugarn was fading, the 22-year-old Kim was rolling. Her first major title came at the 2016 Ricoh Women's British Open. "She will learn a lot from last time".

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That Jutanugarn steadied herself to emerge victorious from a sudden death play-off with Kim Hyo-joo points towards formidable mental strength. "I'm just trying to play my game, follow my strategy and try to hit fairways and greens and I think there can be a few good scores but not many".

Last year, though, having reached top spot in the world rankings she duly missed four successive major cuts.

Smith, who is ranked 97th in the world, has put on an impressive performance this week after she switched back to a old set of clubs.

Her cushion had been whittled down to two shots when she bogeyed the 12th, minutes after Kim had holed a 40-footer putt, and when the Korean sank an even longer putt, 50 feet from off the green at the 15th, Ariya's lead was down to one.

Jutanugarn confessed the memory of the ANA loss was coming back to her after she blew that tee shot into the woods on Sunday.

But while Woods always seemed impervious to pressure, Ariya has sometimes struggled to close the deal.

"I feel like I want to inspire the kids", she said. I said, is there a book or something I can read? "Honestly, I tried to smile", Jutanugarn said, "because I feel if I keep doing that it's going to make me happy - not really so, but I try hard to do that".

"The one thing with May, and equally with Mo", said Nilsson, "they have a tremendous amount of grit and never giving up". "She's on a journey where she's always learning, always growing, always getting better". They say, 'You can do it.

Jutanugarn may qualify for a doctorate in resilience after Sunday's bounce-back victory. "And I have learned". Henderson tied for 13th past year. Jutanugarn went out in 32 and came in with a shocking 41, sending her into her second playoff in three weeks.

"Ariya can dominate", Gilchrist said.

She can dominate this tour if she wants to. That's something that can be hard to embrace.