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South Korea's Park Sung-Hyun wins US Women's Open

South Korea's Park Sung-Hyun wins US Women's Open

Park - who found water on the 72nd hole at her maiden US Women's Open appearance a year ago before finishing third - ensured there would be no such mistakes this time.

Park continued to thrive on the LPGA of Korea Tour the following year, winning no less than six events.

It's nearly feel like I'm floating on a cloud in the sky. "But I had the 1-under yesterday and I felt better about everything".

Catherine Lacoste remains the only amateur to win the Open, doing it in 1967.

After turning with a two-under 34 on Sunday, Park came home with birdies on the 12th, 15th and 17th holes to finish with a 11-under 277, outpacing amateur Hye-Jin Choi (71) by two strokes.

Of the 62 players who survived the 36-hole cut, 22 are under par for the tournament heading into the final final round.

Choi held the lead alone at one point and also shared the lead. Her tee shot with a 7-iron at the par-3 16th fell into the water right of the green.

Shanshan Feng of China, a seven-time LPGA Tour victor who had led since the opening round, hung in with a chance, needing to hole out from the fairway with her third shot for an eagle at the 18th to tie Park.

Choi is expected to turn pro later this year, but she said she wasn't fretting leaving a $540,000 second-place finish on the table at Trump National.

Park was competing in just her second Women's Open. She led after 36 holes in this event past year and finished third, two shots out of a playoff. But with a third-round 67, she moved into fourth, three back of Feng and now with a chance for a Sunday charge to claim the title.




A birdie at 12 gave Park a share of the lead along with Choi and Feng.

CHAMPIONS: Scott McCarron shot bogey-free 6-under 66 and took advantage of a collapse by three-time defending champ Bernhard Langer to win the Senior Players Championship in Owings Mills, Md. Points are doubled at major championships.

Adrenaline pumping, the 23-year-old Park blew the green with her third shot but chipped up a slope to tap-in distance for a par and a final-round 5-under 67. She got to three under for the day after birdies on Nos.

"I just wanted to have a good day". I tried to pull my shot and it didn't happen.

"Today, I hit the ball perfectly and I tried to hit that one more perfectly", Choi said.

"Before the last hole I did pretty well".

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the first hole of a playoff with Callum Shinkwin to win the Scottish Open, securing his first title in 51/2 years. But she was satisfied with her week's work.

"I just came out and thought, let's just finish with a good day at a US Open".

If these telling numbers are anything to go by, one thing is for sure: We have not seen the last of Sung Hyun Park.

The major, held at Trump National Golf Club, finished with eight South Korean players in the top 10. It all just makes you crave the next major - the Ricoh Women's British Open in two weeks. Seven other players have won one each. Marina Alex of nearby Wayne, N.J., was the best of the American at 4 under after a 70. Her prodigious length off the teebox is a powerful weapon and she is ranked fifth on the LPGA Tour in average driving distance. There was a peaceful protest after he arrived at his box near the 15th green shortly after 3 p.m. local time.


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