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TRENDSETTER: Ariya Jutanugarn becomes the first Thailand player to win the US Open

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Posted by Admin 04 Jun 2018

With a placid expression permanently etched on her face and an unmistakable gleam in her eyes, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn knows how to break old moulds and set new trends.

 

 

Ariya wins US Open

 

 

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn won the US Open in dramatic circumstances after recovering from a back-nine collapse to overcome the South Korean Kim Hyo-joo in a playoff at Shoal Creek in Alabama.

 

 

The victory means Jutanugarn has become the first player from Thailand to win the championship. The 22-year-old made a clutch bunker shot to within a foot of the hole to save par, beating Kim, who shot a five-under 67 in the final round to force the play-off.

 

The mind tricks weren’t working, but she wasn’t going to stop trying.

 

 

Finally, after an excruciating few hours of golf, the positive vibes came true.

 

 

Ariya

 

 

 

Jutanugarn lost a seven-shot lead on the back nine before prevailing on the fourth hole of a playoff to win at Shoal Creek on Sunday for her second major championship.

 

 

She made a nearly perfect bunker shot to within a foot of the cup on the tournament-clinching hole, beating South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to force the playoff.

 

It was not an easy up-and-down for Jutanugarn, who said she didn’t have a particularly good lie in the sand. Somehow, she kept her cool.

 

 

"I felt pretty good," Jutanugarn said about her mood before the shot. "I don’t know why."

 

 

She felt even better when the ball rolled close enough for an easy putt. A collapse that would have gone down in U.S. Women’s Open lore was about to be averted.

 

 

Jutanugarn said support from her family and coaches helped her stay positive and come through with her ninth LPGA Tour win.

 

 

"I know everything’s going to be the same and they’re going to love me the same," Jutanugarn said.

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