How Ariya Jutanugarn flirted with disaster before historic US Open win | Ewan Murray

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The 22-year-old became the first Thai winner of the US Open after a dramatic final round when she threw away a seven-shot lead on the back nine only to win a play-off

It is golf’s cruellest facet that marquee tournaments are often defined by a player who did not win rather than the one who does. Likewise, occasionally, a player’s career can be defined by the tournaments they do not win rather than those they do; just ask Jean van de Velde.

Ariya Jutanugarn already had a major championship to her name when she stepped on to the 10th tee at the US Women’s Open on Sunday seven strokes ahead of the field. Still, a subsequent capitulation threatened to portray the 22‑year‑old as the leading character in one of golf’s most epic tales of woe. That the Thai steadied herself to emerge victorious from a sudden‑death play‑off with Kim Hyo-joo points to towards formidable mental strength.

Related: Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Women’s Open on fourth play-off hole against Kim

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