Half the field didn't finish the round. She's at 10-under 134 heading into the weekend after failing to make the cut in five of her previous six U.S. Women's Open appearances.
"I'm extremely happy that I was part of this historical day", said Kim, speaking via an interpreter. I'm playing well, and it's just not sort of coming together.
"It's really tough for me because, you know, I didn't have good finish the last two holes. Hopefully that keeps going".
Ariya Jutanugarn smiles before she plays her shots, a reminder to stay in the moment, commit to the process and not worry about the outcome. Such things don't disappear at once, but Jutanugarn played a terribly sloppy 10th hole, hitting her trusty and powerful 3-wood into a creek.
Jutanugarn woke up at 4:00am for the 6:45am restart of the second round, which was pushed back an hour because of nearly an inch of rain on Friday night.
Smith tied with American star Lexi Thompson (70), Taiwan's Wei-Ling Su (72) and Thai amateur Patty Tavatanakit (71). Smith again completed the back nine at five under, before finishing the front nine in par.
"She's playing so good", Duane Smith said.
It is golf's cruellest facet that marquee tournaments are often defined by a player who did not win rather than the one who did.
"After you have seven-shot lead and end up in playoff, I had no expectation because I kind of got mad a little bit with my back nine". Like everyone else, she was shocked she was still in contention.
"We were looking at the leaderboard saying Sarah is very greedy, just taking all the birdies", Oh laughed.
The course had taken heavy rains during the week, raising concerns about the course's condition, but the sun held out for most of the tournament's first two days. It just felt really easy. Park has been No. 1 since April 23. Suddenly her formidable lead was down to just two.
"I think I'm going to sleep well tonight", Ariya said. "I'm not too anxious".
Garber, who played golf at Georgia, started the final round at the TPC Wakefield three shots behind Michael Johnson, who ran into trouble on the front nine and closed out that side with a double bogey. He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, and then missed a birdie putt from 4 feet on the par-5 15th.
Garber birdied the 15th and 16th hole to seize control, and he finished one shot ahead of Scott Langley (66) and Hank Lebioda (66).
Woods had to settle for a 67. She says she was not surprised the scoring was low because players could attack the layout, softened by a rolling series of deluges during the past few days.