Park wins US Women's Open in front of President Trump

Marsha Scott
July 17, 2017

Amy Yang and 17-year-old amateur Choi Hye-jin were tied one stroke back, with long-hitting fellow Korean Park Sung-hyun two further shots away.

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But once you delve into Park's relatively short career, perhaps it should come as no surprise that she took home the silverware on Sunday at Bedminster.

It was a gut-wrenching finish for Feng both emotionally and financially, the dropped shots at the last costing her almost US$370,000.

With the victory, Park won her first major title and the 900-thousand USA dollars top prize.

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.

Yang, who has four top-five finishes in the last five years including seconds in 2012 and '15, had a roller-coaster round. This time she had a pair of 67s on the weekend.

She has played steady throughout the week, shooting 69-69-70 in the first three rounds.

"To be honest I still can not believe this is actually happening".

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"All I tried to do all four days was actually trying to enjoy the process and then focus on every shot, and give 100 percent on every shot", said Feng, who managed just one birdie each of the final two days. Her prodigious length off the teebox is a powerful weapon and she is ranked fifth on the LPGA Tour in average driving distance. She is also No. 16 in hitting greens in regulation and No. 14 in putts per GIR.

South Koreans have won six of the past nine US Women's Open crowns and have a shock contender in teen prodigy Choi, trying to become the first amateur to win the US Women's Open in half a century. Langer led by one when he hit a tee shot in the water on No. 17, missed a 4-foot putt and ended up with double bogey.

She had a two-shot lead with nine holes to play and needed a 5-foot birdie at 15 to regain a piece with Park, who had made a 20-footer in the group in front of her.

Choi was attempting to become just the second amateur in history to win a U.S. Women's Open. She would, though, hit the most exquisite of pitches to save par and essentially put the result beyond doubt.

From there, she chipped to within three feet and made the putt to save par. Feng, who began the day with a two-stroke edge, stretched her two-day par streak to 23 holes in a row before her heroics at 18, relentless and consistent hole after hole.

"Well, I mean I think overall, before the last hole, I did pretty well", said Feng. So I think the repetition and practice that I carried out probably paid off.

"I am excited and happy", Park said.

The top six players chasing Feng are all from South Korea, and you have to go all the way to eighth place to find a US player. Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang were tied for the last two automatic spots and earned no points at the U.S. Women's Open.

China's Feng Shanshan birdied the last hole after 17 consecutive pars to seize a one-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the US Women's Open with US President Donald Trump in attendance. Choi will be seen again, that seems certain. It all just makes you crave the next major - the Ricoh Women's British Open in two weeks.

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