Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Aussies Smith and Oh struggle at US Open

Sarah Jane Smith comes out of nowhere to take big lead at U.S. Women's Open AP Sarah Jane Smith comes out of nowhere to take big lead at U.S. Women's Open AP
Edward Snyder | 07 June, 2018, 11:17

Ariya Jutanugarn holds the championship trophy after defeating Hyo-Joo Kim in a sudden death playoff in the U.S. Women's Open Championship golf tournament at Shoal Creek.

Duane was speaking after his 33-year-old wife carded a second straight 67 to leave the field in her dust in the second round at Shoal Creek.

But Jutanugarn regrouped to claim her second major championship title with a par save from a bunker at the fourth hole of their playoff.

For Jutanargarn, its a chance for her ninth LPGA title, after winning at Kingsmill just two weeks ago, and her second major crown, after her 2016 Women's British Open win.

Seeking his first victory since the 2015 Russian Open, Slattery produced eight birdies, an eagle and a single bogey to move just ahead of home favorite Francesco Molinari and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark. "I want to be No 1 to inspire all the kids in Thailand", said Ariya, who earned US$900,000 from the win to take her career earnings past the $6 million mark.

"Dangerous weather" curtailed play on Friday with some players finishing their second rounds on Saturday morning. "I don't know what the outcome will be, but I know what I'm going to take action on".

"I'm pretty sure tomorrow is going to be a good day, even though I don't know what the outcome is going to be".

Spain's Carlota Ciganda shot a three-under 69 to finish alone in third place, four strokes back of Kim and Ariya. Kim's shot out of the bunker was decent, but Jutanugarn's was phenomenal, rolling to within a foot of the hole and setting up an easy par putt.




Play finally resumed just after 6 p.m. local time but was halted for the day barely an hour later amid fading light and nearby storm clouds that a few minutes later dumped more rain on an already soggy layout.

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.

They returned to the 18th hole for the third time Sunday. "I was actually kind of happy with how I handled it a bit more today", the world number 97 said of leading.

Smith tied with American star Lexi Thompson (70), Taiwan's Wei-Ling Su (72) and Thai amateur Patty Tavatanakit (71).

"I never had that final putt to win".

"I could see she was getting in that mode where she was starting to think about what could happen", Luark said.

Jutanugarn, meanwhile, got to the turn in 32 but a triple-bogey seven on the par-four 10th rattled her as she went on to drop a further three shots on the remaining eight holes. He was briefly tied for the lead Saturday until three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes, and he had to settle for a 68.

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