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S. Korean Kim Hyo-joo's rally falls short at LPGA major

All Headlines 08:46 June 04, 2018

SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Kim Hyo-joo has come up short in what could have been a historic rally to win the oldest major on the LPGA Tour.

Kim lost to Ariya Jutanugarn in a playoff at the U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Shoal Creek, Alabama, on Sunday (local time). The two ended the regulation tied at 11-under 277, before Jutanugarn sealed the victory on the fourth playoff hole with a par.

In this Associated Press photo, Kim Hyo-joo of South Korea watches her tee shot at the seventh hole during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Shoal Creek, Alabama, on June 3, 2018. (Yonhap)

Kim, world No. 67, was six strokes back of the fifth-ranked Jutanugarn, the overnight leader, to start the final round, and fell back by as many as seven strokes during the final day.

But Kim carded a bogey-free 67, while Jutanugarn had an up-and-down 73 that included a triple bogey at the 10th and back-to-back bogeys at the 17th and the 18th.

Kim would have completed the largest final round comeback in the 72-year history of the U.S. Women's Open. The record for the biggest final round deficit overcome is five strokes.

Kim was searching for her first LPGA win since January 2016 and her second career major after the 2014 Evian Championship.

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