Sarah Jane Smith has three-shot leads in the US Women’s Open

Sarah Jane Smith has three-shot leads in the US Women’s Open

Jutanugarn plays to help others and not just herself. Seemingly cruising to the title, the 22-year-old came off the rails on the back nine, while Hyo Joo Kim polished off the most impressive round of the day, awaiting her chance to steal the trophy. "He just kind of set me straight".

There is an admirable, broader ambition.

"I haven't been in the position before, I but I hope to show up like it's another day", Smith said. He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, and then missed a birdie putt from 4 feet on the par-5 15th. It was just a pity, in fact, that such thin galleries witnessed Sunday's drama unfold.

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

Jutanugarn had to play 28 holes after the second round was suspended due to unsafe weather on Friday but the Thai star managed to end the day atop the leaderboard, ahead of Sarah Jane Smith at 12 under following a 67.

Sarah Jane Smith is the runaway leader at the tournament, the Australian holding a three shot lead at 10-under par.

But while Woods always seemed impervious to pressure, Ariya has sometimes struggled to close the deal. Instead, Jutanugarn prevailed at the fourth extra hole. "I noticed Ariya lost her trajectory". But the sprayed tee shot did something to her confidence. Enter Jutanugarn's caddie, Les Luark.

"I think I'm going to sleep well tonight", Ariya said. "That's why this one feels so incredible", Olesen said. Then we have to do it. "I like to hit a lot of little shots on the golf course, whether it's chip shots, three-quarter shots, and I just had no control over how far I was hitting it". "I have got PING irons, TaylorMade driver, PING hybrids".

This Sunday rather epitomised the peaks and troughs that Jutanugarn has sampled in a relatively short career.

However she struggled badly, mixing six bogeys and a double bogey with her two birdies to slip to 11 shots behind the victor. Jutanugarn had applauded for several of Kim's fine strokes, but she deserved a standing-O for this sand shot. Then I actually put a Callaway 3-wood in last week which has been really good. I'm pretty sure next time she will do it better. She'd go on to win the CME. The Korean had been a prolific victor in her homeland before taking seamlessly to the LPGA Tour.

"I felt pretty good", Jutanugarn said of facing that decisive sand shot. My scoring has been improving, especially it's gotten better with the majors lately. "I'm happy with the way I'm playing. Not because I want them to play golf, but because I want them to have a good life", she told Golfweek.

Moriya had finished her final round hours earlier, but was back out on the course rooting Ariya home. Michelle Wie was among those alongside the Englishwoman at even par.