Ariya and Kim in US Women's Open playoff

Sarah Jane Smith comes out of nowhere to take big lead at U.S. Women's Open AP

But she didn't stop believing. The record for the biggest final round deficit overcome is five strokes.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand poses with the trophy after winning the 2018 US Women's Open at Shoal Creek on June 3, 2018 in Shoal Creek, Alabama.

On the second extra hole, No. 18, Jutanugarn produced another par while Kim made a bogey.

Going to the 18th for the final playoff hole both Kim and Jutanugarn missed the green.

Charley Hull's best US Open to date saw her finish in a share of 10th. "I played great, obviously". Somehow, she kept her cool.

"She's playing so good", Duane Smith said. The U.S. Women's Open would be quite the way to change that statistic.

The victory was Jutanugarn's second in three weeks and her second major championship.

"I think I'm going to sleep well tonight", Ariya said.

Ariya used her prodigious power to muscle her favourite three-wood tee shots past Smith's drives with regularity, and displayed a deft short game in a round that included only one bogey.

She still had a two-shot lead with two holes remaining, but closed with back-to-back bogeys to fall into the playoff.

Jutanugarn and Kim shot 11-under 277 in regulation. Returning to the 18th, Jutanugarn went over the green while Kim found a bunker.

She came to Shoal Creek with eight LPGA titles, including a major championship, the Ricoh Women's British Open two years ago.

However, this year, the USGA reduced the tiebreaker to a two-hole, aggregate-score format, followed by sudden death. The format then switched to sudden death, alternating between the same holes.

The pair then needed four extra holes to be separated, with a par on the 18th hole enough for Jutanugarn to win the championship. After almost four hours, play resumed, though just for an hour before the LPGA announced the round was suspended due to inclement weather and would resume at 6:45 a.m. local time on Saturday.

They again missed the green, Kim in a bunker to the right and Jutanugarn over the putting surface in another bunker.

Australian Sarah Jane Smith's bid for US Women's Open glory ended disappointingly as former world No.1 Ariya Jutanugarn overcame a horror collapse to triumph in a playoff.

"After you have a seven-shot lead and end up that you have to go to play-off, you have no expectations", the champion admitted.

But things were about to get rough in a hurry. She took the lead after Smith stumbled with back-to-back bogeys and then surged ahead with three consecutive birdies on the back nine. Her confidence shaken, she had another bogey on 12 and the tournament was suddenly much closer than anyone expected.

Kim had been on the verge of becoming the eighth Korean victor of the event in the past 11 years. Like everyone else, she was shocked she was still in contention.

"I normally do that", Jutanugarn said. When the second round is completed the cut will be made to the low 60 players and ties.

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