Park goes on attack at US Women's Open

Park goes on attack at US Women's Open

Park Sung-hyun poses with the trophy after the final round of the US Women's Open in Bedminster on Sunday.

"Yes, quite a few Korean players on the top leaderboard", said Park, who said the course is similar to some in South Korea.

She stretched clear of the field on the back nine thanks to birdies at the 12th, 15th and 17th and then held her nerve at the 18th with a superb up and down from the back of the green to salvage par.

She shot a 1-over-par 73 on Thursday, 2-under 70 on Friday, 5-under 67 on Saturday and 5-under 67 again on Sunday, good for 11 under across four rounds, to capture her first LPGA Tour win.

It ended up being a quiet week of politics. For example, when Phil Mickelson won a PGA Tour event as a 20-year-old amateur in 1991, tour players Bob Tway and Tom Purtzer - who finished tied for second - split the $180,000 first-place prize and the second-place money.

England's Charley Hull mixed five birdies with three bogeys in a round of 70 that propelled her into a share of 14th on two under.

Choi was attempting to become just the second amateur in history to win a U.S. Women's Open.

World number one Ryu So-yeon (70) and Hur Mi-jung (68) were tied for third at seven under. The 27-year-old Alex grew up in Wayne, N.J., less than 40 miles from Trump National. It was the worst finish in the Open for the top American since Paula Creamer was seventh in 2012.

With Trump watching, Park birdied the par-5 15th to seize the lead at 10-under and Choi followed with a six-foot birdie putt to match her. She signed for a 3-over par 75.

Shortly after the crowd at No. 16 sighed at Choi's ball sinking into the water, a bigger crowd let out a roar at the 17th-hole green.

Choi, the 2016 Canadian Amateur champion, was tied for the lead on the 16th tee when she dumped her 7-iron from about 140 yards in the water and made a double bogey five.

"At the time I felt that all this work, hard work I put together was going to disappear so I was bit disappointed but I had to refocus", said Choi.

It was a better memory for Park at the Women's Open than past year, when she led at the halfway point but shot 74-74 on the weekend.

The only amateur victor of the US Women's Open was France's Catherine Lacoste in 1967.

Feng, who was the leader after the first three rounds and carried a one-shot edge into the final 18 holes, triple bogeyed the final hole.

"Well, to be honest with you, I still can not believe that it is actually happening", said Park, who is the leading rookie on the LPGA Tour. But something clicked over the last two days, as Park carded 12 birdies against just two bogeys over her final 36 holes to ascend to the championship.

But not only is Park skilled, she also has manners, as she was captured bowing to US President and course owner Donald Trump in the final round...

Park's play was a one-way express lane to victory on Sunday, where she paused only to give a wave and a bow toward Trump on her way from the 18th to the scoring tent.

"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.

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