Ariya and Kim in U.S. Women's Open playoff

Ariya and Kim in U.S. Women's Open playoff

Sarah Jane Smith extended her lead at the U.S. Women's Open to four strokes after a second straight 5-under 67 Friday at Shoal Creek.

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

She finished with a 72-hole total of 11-under 277 and got into the play-off with Kim despite a monumental back nine collapse that saw her seven-stroke lead evaporate on Sunday afternoon. The two went to sudden death, and Jutanugarn beat Kim with a par on the second sudden death hole.

After Kim missed her putt, Jutanugarn made hers for her second LPGA major title and $900,000.

She made a almost flawless bunker shot to within a foot of the cup on the tournament-clinching hole, beating South Korea's Hyo-Joo Kim, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to force the playoff. Half the field completed the second round Saturday morning.

Her day unravelled coming in on the front nine, Ko dropping four more shots, including a five on her last hole of the day to finally fall below the projected cut line.

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 think they could have been really good if I had taken the time to do it in the offseason".

"(He told me to) keep showing up, it's going to turn around.

Tiger Woods hit the ball well enough to be up there with them at Muirfield Village, except for missing five putts inside 7 feet.

But the good news is Smith is still right in the mix, sitting in outright second place going into the final round of the biggest tournament in women's golf and well-placed for the biggest result of her long career. So it's nice to be able to feel like I'm seeing the greens really well and seeing some putts go in.

Ariya, who has won eight LPGA events in the past two years, was far from flawless early on but kept her card clean with a 6-foot par-saving putt at the par-3 fifth, where barely 100 spectators had made the long trek out to the furthest point from the clubhouse on a hot and steamy day.

She has had a particular liking for Shoal Creek's back nine, playing it in 10-under.

Michelle Wie is among eight players tied for fourth, seven shots off the lead.

"I forgot the bad things", she said. I feel comfortable on the greens, which has been something that has been a little bit off lately.

Defending champion Park Sung-hyun missed the halfway cut with rounds of 76-77, and world number two Feng Shanshan of China also exited early after rounds of 78-74.

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