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Korean Golfer Park Sung-hyun Wins US Women's Open

17 July 2017

Thanks to her first LPGA major title at the US Women's Open, South Korean Park Sung-hyun soared to No. 5 in the latest women's world rankings announced Monday.

Sung Hyun Park won the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Park finished on 11-under 277 with Choi, who had double bogeyed the 16th, handed second place after Feng triple bogeyed the final hole to slip back to six under and a tie for fifth with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (70) and Jeongeun Lee of South Korea (71).

Choi, the world number two amateur who has a win on the Korean LPGA Tour and a top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour this season, battled fellow South Korean victor Park Sung-hyun to the wire before finishing two shots back. But not only is Park skilled, she also has manners, as she was captured bowing to US President and course owner Donald Trump in the final round...

Feng's only major victory came at the 2012 LPGA Championship, her first U.S. triumph.

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But what really turned heads was her form in the majors, as she finished T6 in her maiden major before actually being in contention at the 2016 US Women's Open, going into the final round one stroke behind the leader.

Of the three players in second, the performance of amateur Choi was the most noteworthy - with Catherine Lacoste's triumph in this event 50 years ago the last time a major was won by a player yet to turn professional. But I was happy to see a lot of Chinese fans come out. Park and Choi birdied 15, but Park took the lead alone and for good after Choi found the water at 16.

She rolled in a short putt on the final hole to take a one-shot lead after three rounds at the U.S. Women's Open.

Park, remarkably, was even overall through nine holes of her third round, yet poured in 12 birdies in the ensuing 27 holes to storm to victory.

From there, she chipped to within three feet and made the putt to save par. "I was just trying to get through the hole, maybe with a par".

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Choi was attempting to become just the second amateur in history to win a U.S. Women's Open.

"The experience was definitely worth it, because based on that good experience that I had last year, I think I was able to garner the championship this year", Park said through an interpreter.

Park, Choi and Feng did battle throughout the final round, but it was Park who held her nerve over the closing holes.

Park helped her cause by finishing second among all players with an average of 256.2 yards off the tee, a necessity on a course that played Sunday at a robust 6,762 yards. She has followed with six more US LPGA titles, most recently winning in May at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Laying up at the par-5 18th was the smart thing to do given the margin she held, but she was long with her approach and the possibility of a bogey was still very much on the cards. "Last year, I just made the cut so actually this year is such an improvement". So I think the repetition and practice that I carried out probably paid off.

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Mi Jung Hur and 2011 Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu, both of South Korea, tied for third at 7-under 281 after rounds of 68 and 70, respectively.

Korean Golfer Park Sung-hyun Wins US Women's Open