BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn used two quick birdies at the U.S. Women's Open to put the pressure on leader Sarah Jane Smith.
With the momentum secured, the 22-year-old from Thailand was far from finished.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Sarah Jane Smith outpaced the thunderstorms and the rest of the field at the U.S. Women's Open.
The Australian extended her lead to four strokes after a second straight 5-under 67 Friday at Shoal Creek. Smith got her round in before a 2-hour, 49-minute delay caused by thunderstorms, weather that ultimately forced play to be halted with a little daylight left.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The sun shone brightly at rain-soaked Shoal Creek. So did Ariya Jutanugarn, Sarah Jane Smith and Jeongeun6 Lee.
Jutanugarn, Smith and Lee each shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the U.S. Women's Open, where the course held up better than some feared after heavy rains in recent days.
Thailand's Jutanugarn spent hours in front before Smith and Lee caught her in the evening.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Michelle Wie was pleasantly surprised by the condition of Shoal Creek and pleased with her game after the first round of the U.S. Women's Open.
The 2014 champion shot a 3-under 69 Thursday on a course that has been drenched in recent days and weeks, forcing the cancellation of Tuesday's practice round and limiting course time on the eve of the tournament.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — LPGA rookie Sung Hyun Park took a big first step toward sweeping all the season awards, and possibly picking up a $1 million bonus.
Park made a pair of birdies over the closing stretch at Tiburon Golf Club on Thursday for a 5-under 67, leaving the 24-year-old from South Korea one shot behind after the opening round of the CME Group Tour Championship.
Peiyun Chien of Taiwan and Sarah Jane Smith of Australia opened with bogey-free rounds of 66 to share the lead in a warm breeze.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Eun-Hee Ji carded a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Taiwan Championship on a rainy Thursday.
Ji got off to a strong start with back-to-back birdies at the Miramar Resort and Country Club, and added four more to finish the bogey-free round clear of fellow South Koreans Sei Young Kim and Megan Khang, and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand.
Ji, yet to win this year, didn't mind the bad weather as she hit 10 of 14 fairways.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — American Lizette Salas shot a 2-under 71 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over two Australians and a Thai golfer heading into the final round of the Women's Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.
Salas, who had a 10-under total of 209, was 1 over after the front nine, but rescued her round with back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th holes and another on the par-5 17th.
Despite her poor start, she joked about her round later.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Sarah Jane Smith shot a 6-under 67 in tough, windy afternoon conditions Friday at Royal Adelaide to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Women's Australian Open.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Sarah Jane Smith shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
The Australian birdied four of the first seven holes, dropped a stroke on the par-4 eighth and birdied the par-3 14th. Winless on the LPGA Tour, she had a 9-under 135 total at Club de Golf Mexico.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Carlota Ciganda birdied three of the last six holes Thursday for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with playing partner Sarah Jane Smith in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Ciganda had a bogey-free opening round at Club de Golf Mexico.
"I really like this course," Ciganda said. "I really like it because is really similar to my home course in Spain."
The former Arizona State player won last month in South Korea for her first LPGA Tour title.