Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Sung Hyun Park finishes her climb with US Women's Open title

Sung Hyun Park finishes her climb with US Women's Open title

Park shot her second straight 5-under 67 Sunday and won a final-round battle with frontrunning Shanshan Feng and teenage amateur Hye-Jin Choi at Trump National Golf Club for her first LPGA Tour victory.

After an opening bogey, Choi birdied the par-5 eighth, par-4 11th and par-3 16th holes to briefly match Feng for the lead thanks to a 10-foot birdie putt at 16, which yieled only six birdies on the day.

Park's victory also marked her first LPGA triumph for a tour rookie who won seven times on the Korean LPGA Tour past year, topping its money list.

As Park walked off the 18th green, she walked passed a private box adjacent to the clubhouse where President Donald Trump, the first sitting president ever to attend the Women's Open, was watching and gave her a thumbs up. With three holes left, her chance for victory vanished when her tee shot at the par-3 16th found the water.

"Well, I mean it would have been nice if I could get the money, but I think my primary goal was to come here and compete, so for me, getting this second place in runner-up actually means more to me", she said.

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. "I was trying so hard to make putts", Feng said.

In the end, the 17-year-old amateur didn't become the youngest player to win a women's major. "Coming into this week I had no expectation at all".

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Scott McCarron shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 and took advantage of an uncharacteristic crash by three-time defending champion Bernhard Langer to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship in Owings Mills, Maryland.

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The golfing world, though, was awoken to news that won't surprise Australian fans with Choi at one point leading by two strokes before she drowned her tee shot on the par-three 16th, the resultant double-bogey the eventual margin behind Park.

Ko bogeyed holes six, nine and 10 and hit one birdie on hole 15. "I just focus on my own game and let's see what happens". "That birdie made my day". "I wanted to believe in myself for the remaining rounds so that helped, trusting myself".

Feng, trying to become the first wire-to-wire victor since 1977, also held a share of the lead on the back nine Sunday but stumbled on the 18th hole with a triple-bogey 8 to close with a 75, falling to T-5.

That is when Park made her move, birdieing the 12th and 15th holes to join Choi atop the leader board. What followed was a magnificent chip to tap-in-range, enabling Park to become the fifth Korean champ in the last seven years.

Englands Charley Hull finished tied for 21st after a closing 73.

Australia's Minjee Lee had a late charge and tied for 11th at the US Women's Open.

Choi, who eventually finished in second, recorded the lowest amateur score (9 under at 279) in U.S. Women's Open history.

World number one Ryu So-yeon of South Korea (70) and compatriot Hur Mi-jung (68) shared third on seven-under. So I think the repetition and practice that I carried out probably paid off. "The experience I had past year has helped me become better".

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