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Ariya Jutanugarn Wins Dramatic US Womens Open

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Sarah Jane Smith

Ariya Jutanugarn overcame a remarkable back-nine collapse to clinch the US Women's Open title after four extra holes against Hyo Joo Kim at Shoal Creek.

Ariya Jutanugarn will take a commanding four-stroke lead into the final round of the U.S. Women's Open after a gruelling outing on Saturday.

But Kim rallied at Shoal Creek, Alabama, going out in three-under and hitting two birdies coming in as she carded a bogey-free round of 67 on Sunday.

South Korea's Kim closed with a five-under 67 to force the playoff and had two long putts to win in the extra session but could not get them to fall.

Ariya, who goes by the nickname "May", has her playful side, but she has another side, too, the one that is responsible for her ability to bounce back from so much adversity in her career.

She joins Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak and Inbee Park as the only players to win both the United States women's Open and the British Open.

They had finished four shots clear of Spain's Carlota Ciganda in third, while world number one Inbee Park was ninth after four bogeys in a 73 and a one under total. Do you want to win?' " Jutanugarn said.

But by the time thunderstorms and bad light forced an early halt to the day's play, with nearly half the field still on course at Shoal Creek, the cut line had dropped to four-over. "I don't worry about the outcome". "Not because I want them to play golf, but because I want them to have a good life".

Ariya Jutanugarn smiles before she plays her shots, a reminder to stay in the moment, commit to the process and not worry about the outcome.

Smith has played 5-under on the back nine holes each of the first two days and settled for par on the front.

Mother Narumon Tiwattanasuk and Ariya's elder sister Moriya, who celebrated her own maiden LPGA win in California two months ago, were enormously relieved after watching the finale from the stands.

"I started off quite a few strokes behind the leader, so I didn't really think that I was going to come through", Kim said.

Faxon said that Ariya, at her best, evoked comparisons with a young Tiger Woods, and with nine LPGA victories, including two majors, the 22-year-old seems capable of dominating the women's tour. Korean-born SuSu-Hyun Oh lies alongside her in joint second after shooting a 68.

"I never had that final putt to win".

"That back (nine) got me a lot", said Jutanugarn, who is set to rise to No.2 in the world.

"I'm really exhausted. I just want to go out and be proud of myself every day. That, I am extremely happy about", Kim said.

On Monday at the CME Group Tour Championship last November, Jutanguarn told Nilsson and Marriott that it cost $350 to educate a child for an entire year at the schools she helps to fund.

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