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U.S. Women's Open

DATES: May 31 - June 03
SITE: Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club, Alabama
PRIZE MONEY: $5,000,000
Tournament stats & info

Round 4 - Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Women's Open in playoff

June 03, 2018

Ariya Jutanugarn survived a back-nine meltdown to win the 73rd US Women's Open on Sunday and claim her second career major title in a playoff.

Ariya frittered away a seven-shot lead with nine holes remaining before parring the fourth playoff hole to edge South Korea's Kim Hyo-joo and become the first player from Thailand to lift the trophy.

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"I feel great," Ariya said. "I am really excited. I'm really honoured to join the list of winners before me."

The 22-year-old from Bangkok parred all four playoff holes at the Shoal Creek, Alabama course for her second win of the 2018 LPGA Tour season to go with the Kingsmill Championship.

"After you have a seven-shot lead and end up with you having to go to a playoff, I had no expectations," she said.

"If I have a playoff then I'm going to make sure I do my best every shot because I felt like I didn't commit on the back nine. I felt like I had a last chance to make myself proud."

She finished with a one-over par 73 and a 72-hole total of 11-under 277.

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 couldn't get them to fall.

"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.

Both parred the third playoff hole and they returned to the par-four 18th, where Ariya's superb bunker shot left her with a tap in for the win.

"I have a lot of confidence in my bunker shots right now," said Ariya, who also won the 2016 British Open.

She had appeared to be headed to victory hours earlier, after a birdie at the ninth hole moved her to 16-under and a seven-stroke lead.

Ariya's collapse began with a triple bogey seven on number 10 and continued with a bogey at 12.

She carried the meltdown through with back-to-back bogeys on 17 and 18.

"On 10 I just didn't feel comfortable to hit the three wood and honestly I shouldn't have hit the three wood, but I did. After that I kinda played a little bit scared," she said.

She righted the ship in the playoff which went to a sudden death format after the two-hole aggregate start failed to produce a winner.

- First Thai to lift trophy -

Not only does Ariya become the first Thai to win a US Women's Open title but she is the first champion from a country other than South Korea or the US since Sweden's Annika Sorenstam in 2006.

Kim, chasing a second major title to go with her 2014 Evian Championship, had five birdies in her bogey-free round.

"I feel very good about how I played, especially that I did not have a bogey today in the final round. That, I am extremely happy about," Kim said.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda shot a three-under 69 to finish alone in third place, four strokes back of Kim and Ariya.

American Danielle Kang (69) was four shots back of Ciganda in solo fourth.

Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit, Hsu Wei-Ling, of Taiwan, Sarah Jane Smith of Australia and Lexi Thompson of the US tied for fifth at two-under 286.

Pos.
Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1
Ariya Jutanugarn 67 - 70 - 67 - 73 277 -11 $900,000.00
2
Hyo Joo Kim 70 - 72 - 68 - 67 277 -11 $540,000.00
3
Carlota Ciganda 73 - 68 - 71 - 69 281 -7 $349,079.00

More scores & prize money

Round 3 - Ariya Jutanugarn takes lead in Alabama

June 02, 2018

Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 5-under 67 in the third round, taking a four-shot lead, and stands a good chance at her second major championship. Overnight leader Sarah Jane Smith who shot a 74 and is currently in second place, was impressed by Jutanugarn.

''She's a spectacular player, obviously,'' Smith said. ''Her length is just one part of her game. She hits it a long way, but her short game is impeccable. She rolls the ball beautifully."

''She's just the whole package.''

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Jutanugarn made six birdies and only one bogey. Asked if her game had any weaknesses, she said yes, but couldn't name one.

''Wait,'' she said grinning. ''I'm thinking.''

Former champion Michelle Wie started the third round tied for fourth, seven shots behind Smith and shot a 76 to fall out of contention.

Inbee Park, a two-time winner, is tied for fifth place, eight shots behind Jutanugarn.

''I have to give myself more opportunities at birdie because I feel quite good about the putter,'' Park said. ''I just haven't been putting for many birdies.''

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Ariya Jutanugarn
-12
67
70
67
204
2
Sarah Jane Smith
-8
67
67
74
208
3
Hyo Joo Kim
-6
70
72
68
210
4
Ji-Hyun Kim
-5
70
71
70
211
T5
Madelene Sagstrom
-4
70
72
70
212
T5
Carlota Ciganda
-4
73
68
71
212
T5
Inbee Park
-4
70
71
71
212
8
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
71
73
70
214
T9
Megan Khang
-1
72
74
69
215
T9
Eun-Hee Ji
-1
73
72
70
215
T9
Nelly Korda
-1
70
74
71
215
T9
So Yeon Ryu
-1
73
70
72
215
T9
Patty Tavatanakit (a)
-1
70
73
72
215

Round 2 - Sarah Jane Smith leading as play halted in US Women's Open

June 01, 2018

Australian Sarah Jane Smith fired a second-round 67 to grab a four-shot clubhouse lead before dangerous weather halted play at the US Women's Open in Alabama on Friday.

Smith carded her second straight five-under round for a 10-under total of 134 at Shoal Creek.

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Fellow Australian Su Oh was in the clubhouse on six-under 138 after a second-round 68.

Smith had shared the overnight lead with Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and South Korea's Lee Jeong-eun -- who uses the numerical designator "6" with her name to distinguish her from five other Korean pros with the same name.

Ariya had birdied her first hole and was six-under for the tournament through four holes when the bad weather struck again at a course soaked by heavy downpours early in the week.

Lee, meanwhile, slipped down the leaderboard with a second-round 75 that left her eight adrift and tied for 12th when play was halted.

Smith, 33, is hoping for a breakthrough victory despite lackluster results so far in a season in which her best finish was a tie for 26th at the Kia Classic.

"I was definitely nervous, but not like I've been in the past," Smith said of heading out early with a share of the lead. "I was actually kind of happy with how I handled it a bit more today."

Smith teed off on 10 and promptly birdied 11, 12 and 13. She nabbed two more birdies before the turn and another at the par-five third before her only bogey of the day, a three-putt at eight.

"I just felt really easy," said Smith, who is seeking a first win since joining the tour in 2006.

Smith said a switch back to her old irons, a reversion to a conventional putting grip and advice from coach Sean Foley -- who basically told her to just stick with it -- had helped her pull her game together.

Now she'll just try to stay on an even keel throughout the weekend.

"I hope to show up like it's another day," said Smith, whose husband, Duane, is her caddie. "I'm happy with the way I'm playing. I feel comfortable on the greens which has been something that has been a little bit off. So it's nice to feel like I'm seeing the greens really well and seeing some putts go in. Hopefully that keeps going."

 

Round 1 - Jutanugarn, Smith & Lee tied for lead in Alabama

May 31, 2018

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn had to overcome an abbreviated Wednesday practice round to fire a five-under-par 67 and grab a share of the opening round lead at the rain-hit US Women's Open on Thursday.

Ariya set the early pace in the morning session, mastering the sodden conditions to end the day in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Australia's Sarah Jane Smith and South Korea's Lee Jeong-eun.

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Call it blind luck, or whatever you want, but Ariya got off to an impressive start at the major championship despite not being able to practice on the front nine at all ahead of Thursday's first round because her clubs didn't arrive with her flight.

"My golf bag didn't come on Monday," said Ariya, who like the rest of the field also saw practice rounds limited by heavy rain this week.

"I played only nine holes yesterday. I played the back nine so it was tough for me today because I didn't see the front .... I pretty much trust my caddie. I know he is going to do a good job so I can trust him."

The rain at Alabama's Shoal Creek course gave way to sunshine for the start of the first round.

Ariya, fresh from a superb victory at the LPGA Kingsmill Championship two weeks ago, took advantage to post five birdies and an eagle with two bogeys.

The 22-year-old from Bangkok maintained the conditions at Shoal Creek were more challenging than they appeared after the rain.

"The course is playing pretty tough, and some holes pretty long," she said.

"It's pretty wet and it's pretty hard to have like good distance, second shot to the green."

Ariya said her recent run of form was the result of intensive work on her short game.

On Thursday, Ariya hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation and tallied only 28 putts across 18 holes.

"My game has been improving every week because I work so hard with my short game," said Ariya, who won five times in 2016. "The last few months I have been playing pretty good."

Ariya is not looking too far ahead however. "I'm not going to think about the outcome," she said. "I'm not going to think about winning the tournament."

Ariya is tied with Smith and Lee while another trio of golfers,

Smith fired an eagle and five birdies with two bogeys to join the leading group. Lee, who carries the number "6" alongside her name to distinguish her from five other Korean golfers who share the same name, had five birdies without a bogey.

The trio were two shots in front of former US Open winner Michelle Wie, 18-year-old amateur Linn Grant of Sweden and American Danielle Kang.

Wie's round included back-to-back birdies on her 11th and 12th holes, part of an error-free back nine display.

The 28-year-old from Hawaii said she was surprised at the condition of the course following the deluge earlier this week.

"It's mind-blowing how great the golf course is," she said. "The greens staff, they've been working day and night trying to get this golf course ready and have done an amazing job."

World number one Park In-bee headed a group on 12 players on 70 that also included Australia's Su Oh, American Nelly Korda and Denmark's Emily Pedersen.

"Today was a good putting day," said seven-time major championship winner Park. "The golf course was actually much better than I expected.

"You are going to get some mud balls around this golf course. I got a couple that was pretty bad and it hooked into trees and stuff like that. Everybody is in the same boat."

Pos.
Player To Par R1
T1
Jeongeun Lee -5 67
T1
Sarah Jane Smith -5 67
T1
Ariya Jutanugarn -5 67
T4
Linn Grant (a) -3 69
T4
Michelle Wie -3 69
T4
Danielle Kang -3 69
T7
Ji-Hyun Kim -2 70
T7
Su Oh -2 70
T7
Inbee Park -2 70
T7
Sei Young Kim -2 70
T7
Nelly Korda -2 70
T7
Hyo Joo Kim -2 70
T7
Madelene Sagstrom -2 70
T7
Emily Pedersen -2 70
T7
Kristen Gillman (a) -2 70
T7
Luna Sobron -2 70
T7
Mel Reid -2 70
T7
Patty Tavatanakit (a) -2 70

Scores

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Ariya Jutanugarn
67 - 70 - 67 - 73
277
-11
$900,000.00
2
Hyo Joo Kim
70 - 72 - 68 - 67
277
-11
$540,000.00
3
Carlota Ciganda
73 - 68 - 71 - 69
281
-7
$349,079.00
4
Danielle Kang
69 - 77 - 70 - 69
285
-3
$244,704.00
5T
Lexi Thompson
71 - 75 - 70 - 70
286
-2
$182,487.00
5T
Patty Tavatanakit
70 - 73 - 72 - 71
286
-2
$0.00
5T
Wei-Ling Hsu
71 - 73 - 70 - 72
286
-2
$182,487.00
5T
Sarah Jane Smith
67 - 67 - 74 - 78
286
-2
$182,487.00
9
Inbee Park
70 - 71 - 71 - 75
287
-1
$145,919.00
10T
Charley Hull
74 - 73 - 70 - 71
288
E
$104,505.00
10T
Michelle Wie
69 - 72 - 76 - 71
288
E
$104,505.00
10T
Angela Stanford
73 - 72 - 71 - 72
288
E
$104,505.00
10T
Nasa Hataoka
74 - 70 - 72 - 72
288
E
$104,505.00
10T
Megan Khang
72 - 74 - 69 - 73
288
E
$104,505.00
10T
Nelly Korda
70 - 74 - 71 - 73
288
E
$104,505.00
10T
Ji-Hyun Kim
70 - 71 - 70 - 77
288
E
$104,505.00
17T
Jin Young Ko
75 - 73 - 71 - 70
289
1
$66,075.00
17T
Lizette Salas
74 - 73 - 71 - 71
289
1
$66,075.00
17T
Jeongeun Lee6
67 - 75 - 74 - 73
289
1
$66,075.00
17T
Su Oh
70 - 68 - 78 - 73
289
1
$66,075.00
17T
Eun-Hee Ji
73 - 72 - 70 - 74
289
1
$66,075.00
17T
Madelene Sagstrom
70 - 72 - 70 - 77
289
1
$66,075.00
23
So Yeon Ryu
73 - 70 - 72 - 75
290
2
$52,436.00
24
Albane Valenzuela
72 - 73 - 71 - 75
291
3
$0.00
25T
Jennifer Song
72 - 71 - 76 - 73
292
4
$47,292.00
25T
Brittany Lincicome
75 - 72 - 71 - 74
292
4
$47,292.00
27T
Marina Alex
73 - 75 - 76 - 69
293
5
$37,993.00
27T
Hyejin Choi
71 - 76 - 76 - 70
293
5
$37,993.00
27T
Teresa Lu
75 - 71 - 73 - 74
293
5
$37,993.00
27T
Kristen Gillman
70 - 74 - 75 - 74
293
5
$0.00
27T
Sei Young Kim
70 - 71 - 76 - 76
293
5
$37,993.00
27T
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
72 - 71 - 73 - 77
293
5
$37,993.00
27T
Jenny Shin
72 - 69 - 75 - 77
293
5
$37,993.00
34T
Georgia Hall
72 - 76 - 75 - 71
294
6
$29,225.00
34T
Minjee Lee
72 - 71 - 80 - 71
294
6
$29,225.00
34T
In-Kyung Kim
72 - 73 - 77 - 72
294
6
$29,225.00
34T
Luna Sobron
70 - 75 - 77 - 72
294
6
$29,225.00
34T
Caroline Masson
72 - 74 - 75 - 73
294
6
$29,225.00
34T
Elizabeth Wang
72 - 74 - 71 - 77
294
6
$0.00
40
Rumi Yoshiba
74 - 71 - 79 - 71
295
7
$25,352.00
41T
Moriya Jutanugarn
76 - 72 - 75 - 73
296
8
$20,575.00
41T
Austin Ernst
74 - 74 - 75 - 73
296
8
$20,575.00
41T
Brittany Altomare
76 - 70 - 77 - 73
296
8
$20,575.00
41T
In Gee Chun
74 - 73 - 75 - 74
296
8
$20,575.00
41T
Emily Pedersen
70 - 75 - 76 - 75
296
8
$20,575.00
41T
Azahara Munoz
74 - 73 - 72 - 77
296
8
$20,575.00
41T
Emma Talley
74 - 71 - 74 - 77
296
8
$20,575.00
41T
Chella Choi
71 - 70 - 78 - 77
296
8
$20,575.00
49T
Lydia Ko
71 - 77 - 76 - 73
297
9
$14,906.00
49T
Hyun Kyung Park
76 - 72 - 75 - 74
297
9
$14,906.00
49T
Jane Park
72 - 75 - 75 - 75
297
9
$14,906.00
52T
Wichanee Meechai
72 - 75 - 77 - 74
298
10
$12,544.00
52T
Ryann O'Toole
77 - 71 - 73 - 77
298
10
$12,544.00
52T
Cristie Kerr
73 - 75 - 70 - 80
298
10
$12,544.00
55T
Hailee Cooper
72 - 76 - 77 - 74
299
11
$0.00
55T
Lucy Li
72 - 74 - 77 - 76
299
11
$0.00
57T
Ashleigh Buhai
73 - 71 - 76 - 80
300
12
$11,705.00
57T
Linn Grant
69 - 72 - 78 - 81
300
12
$0.00
59T
Pernilla Lindberg
76 - 72 - 78 - 77
303
15
$11,337.00
59T
Saranporn Langkulgasettri
73 - 73 - 76 - 81
303
15
$11,337.00
61
Daniela Darquea
74 - 74 - 78 - 80
306
18
$11,127.00
62
Jillian Hollis
76 - 70 - 78 - 83
307
19
$11,022.00
63
Lindy Duncan
71 - 74 - 77 - 86
308
20
$10,919.00
CUT
Allisen Corpuz
76 - 73
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Becky Morgan
76 - 73
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Martina Edberg
75 - 74
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
75 - 74
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Alena Sharp
75 - 74
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Ayako Uehara
75 - 74
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Lei Ye
75 - 74
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Dylan Kim
74 - 75
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Mirim Lee
74 - 75
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Catriona Matthew
74 - 75
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Anna Nordqvist
74 - 75
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Casey Danielson
72 - 77
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Olafia Kristinsdottir
72 - 77
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Mo Martin
72 - 77
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Mel Reid
70 - 79
149
5
$0.00
CUT
Jessica Korda
77 - 73
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Brittany Lang
77 - 73
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Gaby Lopez
77 - 73
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Kris Tamulis
77 - 73
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Ai Suzuki
76 - 74
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Robyn Choi
75 - 75
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
75 - 75
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Stacy Lewis
75 - 75
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Klara Spilkova
75 - 75
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Karrie Webb
75 - 75
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Peiyun Chien
73 - 77
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Katherine Kirk
73 - 77
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Sophie Walker
72 - 78
150
6
$0.00
CUT
Celia Barquin Arozame
76 - 75
151
7
$0.00
CUT
Minami Hiruta
76 - 75
151
7
$0.00
CUT
Amy Yang
76 - 75
151
7
$0.00
CUT
Celine Herbin
75 - 76
151
7
$0.00
CUT
Ally McDonald
75 - 76
151
7
$0.00
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
75 - 76
151
7
$0.00
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
74 - 77
151
7
$0.00
CUT
Gina Kim
72 - 79
151
7
$0.00
CUT
Evelyn Arguelles
80 - 72
152
8
$0.00
CUT
Shanshan Feng
78 - 74
152
8
$0.00
CUT
Lee Lopez
78 - 74
152
8
$0.00
CUT
Ssu-Chia Cheng
76 - 76
152
8
$0.00
CUT
Kotono Kozuma
76 - 76
152
8
$0.00
CUT
Jeong Eun Lee
76 - 76
152
8
$0.00
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
76 - 76
152
8
$0.00
CUT
Yujeong Son
74 - 78
152
8
$0.00
CUT
Erica Shepherd
82 - 71
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Paula Creamer
77 - 76
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Sandra Gal
77 - 76
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Emilia Migliaccio
77 - 76
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Maria Fassi
76 - 77
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Olivia Mehaffey
76 - 77
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Sung Hyun Park
76 - 77
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Kim Kaufman
75 - 78
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Solar Lee
75 - 78
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
73 - 80
153
9
$0.00
CUT
Yiyi Liu
79 - 75
154
10
$0.00
CUT
Angel Yin
79 - 75
154
10
$0.00
CUT
Sophie Hausmann
78 - 76
154
10
$0.00
CUT
Min-Young Lee
76 - 78
154
10
$0.00
CUT
Supamas Sangchan
76 - 78
154
10
$0.00
CUT
Paula Reto
75 - 79
154
10
$0.00
CUT
Kaylee Benton
74 - 80
154
10
$0.00
CUT
Dana Williams
74 - 80
154
10
$0.00
CUT
Nannette Hill
78 - 77
155
11
$0.00
CUT
Jing Yan
77 - 78
155
11
$0.00
CUT
Olivia Cason
76 - 79
155
11
$0.00
CUT
Jenny Suh
76 - 79
155
11
$0.00
CUT
Julieta Granada
75 - 80
155
11
$0.00
CUT
Tiffany Chan
74 - 81
155
11
$0.00
CUT
Nicole Broch Larsen
78 - 78
156
12
$0.00
CUT
Karine Icher
78 - 78
156
12
$0.00
CUT
Sun Young Yoo
78 - 78
156
12
$0.00
CUT
Katelyn Dambaugh
77 - 79
156
12
$0.00
CUT
Cydney Clanton
75 - 81
156
12
$0.00
CUT
Andrea Lee
82 - 75
157
13
$0.00
CUT
Maria Hernandez
77 - 80
157
13
$0.00
CUT
Sarah Kemp
77 - 80
157
13
$0.00
CUT
Candie Kung
77 - 80
157
13
$0.00
CUT
Haru Nomura
76 - 81
157
13
$0.00
CUT
Xiyu Lin
75 - 82
157
13
$0.00
CUT
Anne Van Dam
81 - 77
158
14
$0.00
CUT
Gaeun Song
76 - 82
158
14
$0.00
CUT
Kelsey Chugg
83 - 76
159
15
$0.00
CUT
Mi Jung Hur
83 - 76
159
15
$0.00
CUT
Fumika Kawagishi
80 - 79
159
15
$0.00
CUT
Christine Song
82 - 78
160
16
$0.00
CUT
Jennifer Chang
81 - 79
160
16
$0.00
CUT
Britney Yada
76 - 84
160
16
$0.00
CUT
Grace Na
84 - 77
161
17
$0.00
CUT
Kaori Takayama
80 - 82
162
18
$0.00
CUT
Celeste Dao
83 - 80
163
19
$0.00
CUT
Sophia Schubert
85 - 79
164
20
$0.00
CUT
Sarah Schober
83 - 81
164
20
$0.00
WDC
Brooke M. Henderson
73
73
1
$0.00




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