S. Korean 'Super rookie' Park Sung-hyun wins U.S. Women's Open

by Jared Lewis July 20, 2017, 0:10
S. Korean 'Super rookie' Park Sung-hyun wins U.S. Women's Open

The latest US Women's Open champion credited her caddie for helping close out her first major title.

"I did not have the best first and second rounds so I wanted to believe in myself in the remaining rounds", added Park, whose nickname Dak Gong means "shut up and attack".

"I'd like to follow Pak Se-ri and Park In-bee into the Hall of Fame", she said of her future goals. "Of course, I did have many winnings in other tournaments, but winning here at the US Open means so much more and for that I am grateful and extremely happy".

She birdied the final hole.

Two South Koreans, Mi Jung Hur (68) and So Yeon Ryu (70), completed the trifecta by sharing third spot at seven under.

Feng, who was the leader after the first three rounds and carried a one-shot edge into the final 18 holes, triple bogeyed the final hole.

Her best previous finish on tour was second place at the Evian Championship as an amateur a year ago. It all just makes you crave the next major - the Ricoh Women's British Open in two weeks.

The Australians were led by Minjee Lee, whose final round of 66 saw her finish in a share of 11th. Her one and only bogey came on the ninth hole, which she more than made up for with three birdies on the back.

The irony wasn't lost on Lee, whose 77 a day earlier cost her any chance of the year's third major, won by Sung Hyun Park in dramatic circumstances at 11 under. Choi fell out of contention with a rough double bogey on No. 16. It also placed the pressure on Feng to hit the pin from over 100 yards on her next shot to stay even. She rallied with a birdie on the par-5 18th to finish solo second. She was seven-strokes back after 36 holes then closed with a rush, making 12 birdies in her last 27 holes.

Park prides herself on her ability to maintain her focus in the heat of competition.

"I still can not believe that it is actually happening. Because whenever I was slightly shaken, he would put me back by saying small jokes or assuring me or a pep talk".

It was a gut-wrenching finish for Feng both emotionally and financially, the dropped shots at the last costing her almost US$370,000. But she was satisfied with her week's work. "There were some disappointing parts but I'm happy I was able to play very well in this tournament", Choi said through a translator.

"I came in to the tournament more confident after what happened past year".

Park smiled and waved, then went to sign her scorecard and, with 72 holes behind her, finalize the win.

Choi was attempting to become just the second amateur in history to win a U.S. Women's Open. Inbee Park won the Women's Open in 2008 and '13.

Marina Alex of nearby Wayne, N.J., was the best of the Americans at 4 under after 70. There was a small protest after he arrived at his box near the 15th green shortly after 3 p.m., but it was peaceful.

At one point, protesters said, Trump looked at them and gave them a thumbs-up.

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