Canada’s Brooke Henderson withdraws from US Women's Open

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US Women's Open: Ariya Jutanugarn leads by four shots after three rounds

Talley, who is a member at Shoal Creek, admitted she did not play as well as she would have hoped this week.

Sarah Jane Smith has a three-shot lead entering the third round of the U.S. Women's Open. The 22-year-old from Bangkok maintained the conditions at Shoal Creek were more challenging than they appeared after the rain. Cameras caught Jutanugarn applauding the shot. She led by four-strokes at the start of the final round, and cruised to a seven-stroke lead with just nine holes to play. "I have got PING irons, TaylorMade driver, PING hybrids".

"Coming off the back of 77 and 79 at Wentworth last week I never really expected this", Slattery said.

There is an admirable, broader ambition. Do you want to win?' " Jutanugarn said.

Faxon, who followed Ariya for the final 36 holes at Shoal Creek, compared the meltdown to that of Arnold Palmer at the 1966 US Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco. It was just a pity, in fact, that such thin galleries witnessed Sunday's drama unfold.

Ariya Jutanugarn was one of those players forced to return to the course to complete her second round Saturday morning.

The former world No 1 made six bogeys on her way to a five-over par on day two in Alabama, meaning she finished at 4-over 148, leaving her one below the cut-line at three-over.

She then posted seven straight pars, taking over the lead when Smith stumbled to back-to-back birdies on Nos. eight and nine holes.

Ariya had looked poised to stroll to the title, padding her lead at the turn after starting the day four in front, but Faxon said the warning signs were there. Instead, Jutanugarn prevailed at the fourth extra hole.

This is the first time the USGA has gone to a two-hole aggregate playoff, and Kim quickly took command by rolling in a long birdie putt on the 14th hole.

She cited victory in her last two play-offs as cause for confidence. Kim hit out of bunker to about 12 feet, and Jutanugarn's shot rolled at the hole before turning away and settling a foot away. "So I feel like it's a different nerves but they were there". Then we have to do it.

"It's kind of fun seeing that", she said.

"I wasn't hitting my irons like fantastic but wasn't that far off, either".

This Sunday rather epitomised the peaks and troughs that Jutanugarn has sampled in a relatively short career. "So we had a really good lesson before Kingsmill (two weeks ago) and then I actually missed the cut but felt like I played really well".

Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg, who beat Park in a play-off to win the first women's major of the year, the ANA Inspiration in April, finished a distant 15 over.

With the win, Ariya will climb to No 2 in the world later this week as she sets her sights on returning to the top spot she held for two weeks a year ago.

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