Ariya Jutanugarn overcomes collapse, wins US Women's Open playoff

Ariya Jutanugarn overcomes collapse, wins US Women's Open playoff

Ariya Jutanugarn parred the fourth play-off hole to beat South Korea's Kim Hyo-joo for the 2018 US Women's Open title on Sunday.

But it wasn't over.

Jutanugarn, however, hit a great bunker shot.

With the momentum secured, the 22-year-old from Thailand was far from finished. She might have smiled in disbelief. She says she was not surprised the scoring was low because players could attack the layout, softened by a rolling series of deluges during the past few days.

Meanwhile, Kim's putter caught fire, holing from 40-feet for birdie on 12 and then making another from 50 feet on hole No.15 to get within one, eventually scoring a bogey-free 67 to force extra holes.

In the end, Jutanugarn's slow-motion collapse set up an emotional victory and her second major win.

Vision54 coaches Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott were exhausted by the time they got off the Jutanugarn rollercoaster.

"I feel like I have these situations a lot in my life", Jutanugarn said.

"She has that stubbornness of never giving in", Nilsson said.

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

Kim wasted no time taking the lead in the playoff. It just felt like a last chance to make myself proud. Kim was on the green in two, while Jutanugarn pulled her second shot into a bunker, and both walked away with a par. I flew home after San Francisco and missed the cut there.

Mo adores her baby sister, even when she makes Mo clean up after her, but there was something special watching her sister clean up her own mess at Shoal Creek. "I think she was just young and she didn't really handle it that well".

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And she likes digging through Mo's dresser and messing up the clothes after Mo folds them.

That's the why part for Jutanugarn.

What she needed was some inspiration. Money and trophies weren't enough.

Leading by seven with nine holes left, Ariya should have been marching to victory but instead stumbled into a tension-packed playoff as her game unraveled.

"I want to play golf as long as I can [and] just try to win my next tournament" she told CNN.

"She needed a higher goal", Nilsson said. But like many of her peers, we're watching her mature on a worldwide stage.

Shoal Creek kept hitting back. It might have broken her heart for a bit. Grown from it. Because we've already seen that resiliency from the now two-time major victor.

"She's just the whole package".

Ariya Jutanugarn moved within three strokes of halfway leader Sarah Jane Smith as the second round of the U.S. Women's Open was completed on Saturday. Jutanugarn became the championship's first Thai victor, crossing the $6 million mark in career earnings in the process. "But you have to want to dominate".

As is the custom for LPGA winners, Ariya Jutanugarn found herself doused with water after the final hole. "But, I'm not nervous or excited anymore when I have playoff", she said.

"It was tough because I started thinking about the outcome and tried to play good".

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