Mixing a long game of raw power with a short game of delicate precision, she peppered the pins with her approach shots and putted impressively to notch five birdies and one bogey on the front nine at Shoal Creek.
"I felt really good and kept my nerves under control, but I think the nerves showed up in my putting", Smith said. A collapse that would have gone down in U.S. Women's Open lore was about to be averted.
"I know everything's going to be the same and they're going to love me the same", Jutanugarn said.
"Honestly, I didn't really worry too much about it because I just focused on how I was going to play", Kim said through a translator.
The 22-year-old Jutanugarn was tied for the lead at the major championship after Thursday's first round, but Australia's Sarah Jane Smith sprinted to the lead Friday.
But a triple bogey on No. 10 cut the lead to four and rocked her confidence, especially with her 3-wood.
With Jutanagarn advancing, Smith finally stumbled with back to back bogeys at the eighth and ninth holes to go with her 16 pars in a two-over 74 as her challenger shot 67 to take command.
Henderson tweeted: "Unfortunately, I needed to withdraw from the US Women's Open for personal reasons and am headed home to be with my family". She is still chasing Smith, along with everyone else.
Sunday, the Spaniard carded a final round 69 to finish solo third at the U.S. Women's Open for her best finish in a major championship. She was in the final group with Jutanugarn, but had a 78 on Sunday to fall into a tie for fifth. She's had an impressive 2018 so far with a victory at the Kingsmill Championship in May.
"I'm very happy", Ciganda said Sunday.
Having set the pace after round two, back-to-back bogeys on an otherwise faultless round left Australian Sarah Jane Smith in second place on eight-under for the week.