BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ariya Jutanugarn turned a three-shot deficit into a four-shot lead after shooting 5-under 67 Saturday at the U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek.
Jutanugarn took the lead after Smith stumbled with back-to-back bogeys and then surged ahead with three straight birdies on the back nine. She was at 12-under 204 for the tournament.
Smith started the tournament with back-to-back 67s, but shot a 74 in the third round and didn’t make a birdie to fall into second place.
South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim was in third after shooting 68 and was six shots back.
Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont., shot a 74 to miss the cut by one shot early Saturday at 5-over 149. Amateur Celeste Dao (80), a native of Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot, Que., was at 19-over 163.
Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., withdrew Friday morning after opening with a 73.