Closing birdie keeps Feng atop US Women's Open

17 July, 2017, 20:48 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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We take a look at the backstory of golf's latest major champion Sung Hyun Park, who won the US Women's Open by two strokes on Sunday.

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.

Feng, who has just one bogey in the tournament, could not buy a birdie in the ideal conditions until the last, failing to convert earlier birdie chances from 10 feet and twice from 12 feet in the closing holes.

"As compared to last year, I could say that I played probably a little bit more relaxed", said Park, who shot 4 over across the final two days of last year's U.S. Women's Open to slip into third place.

Choi narrowly missed becoming the second amateur in 72 years of the event to win and first since 22-year-old Catherine Lacoste of France hoisted the trophy 50 years ago at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

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World number one Ryu So-yeon (70) and Hur Mi-jung (68) were tied for third at seven under. "It's easy in practice, it's a little bit more hard in competition and it's the toughest you could actually have when it actually means something".

Park hit a chip from over the green on the par-5 18th to save par and win the $900,000 top prize from the $5 million event.

Seon Woo Bae, a victor in South Korea previous year, was alone in fifth place at 5 under after a 69. 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.

Feng needed to eagle 18 to tie the lead but her ball rolled off the back of the green, leading to an eight.

"I came a long way from Korea and I had the United States president and his wife cheering for me and clapping for me", Choi said through an interpreter. She's the only woman to be the Rolex Player of the Year and Rolex Rookie of the Year in the same season and that was way back in 1978.

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Lydia Ko shot three-over in the third round of the US Women's Open.

"Particularly today, my caddie had a great role helping me stay focused", Park said. Choi birdied the final hole, but when all the pars and bogeys and whispers and shouts of "Donald Trump!" were added up, Park's four-round score was lower than everybody else's. "But I think this is not really a matter of countries".

"I still can not believe that it is actually happening", Park said through a translator. Park and Choi birdied 15, but Park took the lead alone and for good after Choi found the water at 16.

"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".

"Up until that moment that I saw my mother, I really couldn't feel that it was really happening", Park said.

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"Anything that I can do to bring about a change in that situation, I will be there doing it".


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