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US Women's Open: South Korea's Park Sung-hyun wins major

17 Juillet 2017

At 11-under 277, Park defeated South Korean amateur Choi Hye-jin by two strokes to claim her first major title.

With two holes remaining, Park shared the lead with Choi, a 17-year-old from South Korean who was attempting to become the youngest-ever victor of the premier title in women's golf, and just the second amateur to win the championship, joining 1967 victor Catherine Lacoste. She gained the solo advantage after Choi pushed her tee shot into the water on the par-3 16 hole and made double bogey.

She has played steady throughout the week, shooting 69-69-70 in the first three rounds. She started the final round three shots off the pace and made the turn after a 34. 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. Seven other players have won one each.

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On the par-5 18th, Park hit her third shot over the green, adrenaline pumping, leaving her a tricky chip shot. "Last year, I just made the cut so actually this year is such an improvement". American Brittany Lang was the defending champ.

"Throughout the tournament, I felt I was getting a good feel that I was going to have a good chance at winning", she said.

"I still can not believe this happened", Park said.

Choi is a member of the Korean national team and is No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, and no stranger to success at a young age, tying for seventh at the LPGA's ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open earlier this year. "I was sorry I could only get one birdie for them".

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"But I think today my caddie (David Jones) had a great role in helping me stay focused". Trump spent most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday watching the tournament from an elevated, enclosed viewing area between the 15th-hole green and 16th-hole tee.

"That nickname, I guess kind of came from my fans a year ago", said Park. "But at that moment I was telling myself I should just stick to how I usually practice".

"I still can not believe that it is actually happening".

South Korean women's golf domination presented a new face on Sunday in U.S. Women's Open victor Park Sung-hyun, whose long-hitting and ultra-aggressive style set her apart from many compatriots. 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.

"I had a plan to work my irons and that has worked out".

Feng has nothing but admiration for Park, 23.

"She is definitely an experienced player", the teenager said.

"I think one of the most hard things is to stay focused and keep that concentration level up because I know firsthand that once you lose it, your play is going to just go sideways". "And, you know, I'm not surprised that she won this week because I was just talking to my friends, I said, 'As good as she is, she's going to win anytime.' So, yeah, I'm happy about her, for her".

US Women's Open: South Korea's Park Sung-hyun wins major