LPGA: Smith leads weather-delayed U.S. Women's Open

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Jun 3, 2018; Shoal Creek, AL, USA; Ariya Jutanugarn kisses 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.

What might have been the most hard day of the 22-year-old's career ended with her winning Sunday's playoff against Hyo-Joo Kim and walking away $900,000 richer with a second major title. "After that I was a little bit scared, like my next shot". Didn't hang her head in despair when she hit fliers out of the Bermuda rough.

"If anyone has the total package right now", said Marina Alex, "that's definitely her".

Jutanugarn certainly looked like it on Saturday, combining long drives with a solid short game and putting.

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

The 22-year-old Jutanugarn led by four coming into the final round at Shoal Creek.

Ariya began the round three shots behind Smith and needed just three holes to close the gap to one as she gathered two early birdies.

Jutanugarn had gone into her final round at 12-under 204 with her South Korean rival sitting in third place, six shots adrift.

Smith started the tournament with back-to-back 67s, but didn't make a birdie in the third round.

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"I feel like I want to inspire the kids". The lie was not that good in the bunker, but I feel I can do it. South Korean-born Su-Hyun Oh, who moved to Australia at 8, shot a 68 and is third. Half the field completed the second round Saturday morning.

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. She had to win to get her card and she did and she opened up that nine holes, I think, 7-under on the front nine and then led the whole way.

"I felt pretty good", Jutanugarn said of facing that decisive sand shot. Thursday it was her second nine, Friday her first nine. Only after the putt on 15 did she realize she had a chance to come back.

Henderson shot a 1-over 73 in the first round on Thursday.

Jutanugarn captured her ninth career LPGA win, her second of the year after the Kingsmill Championship.

Jutanugarn now has two majors, having won the Women's British Open two years ago.

Two-time victor Inbee Park has an outside chance at getting back in contention.

The pair will go head to head in the final group again on Sunday. "When you see a good shot, it's just a good shot".

The Shoal Creek course has taken a lot of rain over the past few weeks - including almost an inch on Friday that forced the second-round delay - but still remained in relatively good shape.

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