Park Sung-hyun wins US Women's Open by two strokes

Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports

South Korean women's golf domination on Sunday presented a new face in US Women's Open victor Park Sung-hyun, whose long hitting and ultra-aggressive style set her apart from many compatriots. The South Korean didn't make the same mistake this year.

LPGA Tour rookie Park finished with pair of five-under rounds of 67 to claim the US$900,000 first prize and finish what she started at last year's US Women's Open at CordeValle in California.

Playing in just her second Women's Open, the world's No. 11 golfer finished at 11-under for the week - two shots better than 17-year-old amateur H.J. Choi.

"The last shot on the 18th hole, the fourth one, I think I said this earlier out on the 18th hole, my mind basically went blank", she said.

"I actually can not believe that even I am making this acceptance speech, that this is actually happening, but the fact that I guess my name is going to be engraved on it is unbelievable joy and happiness. It's nearly like I'm floating on a cloud in the sky", Park said through an interpreter after signing for 11-under 277.

Sung Hyun Park went out Saturday and shot 67 to put herself in contention to win the Women's U.S. Open. On Sunday, small groups of silent protesters, rallying in opposition to the U.S. Golf Association holding the event at a Trump-owned course, joined the crowd.

Marina Alex was the leading American - with President Donald Trump once again at the course - in joint-11th on four under. They appeared for five minutes and departed before Trump arrived.

Park also has a chance to win the Player of the Year.

Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (72) and 2015 victor In Gee Chun (70) topped the group at 4 under, while Marina Alex (70) of Wayne, New Jersey was the top American at 3 under. She'd slipped from No. 10 to No. 11 last week, but re-entered the top 10 with an exclamation point.

Feng snapped a run of 23 consecutive pars with a birdie at the 18th hole to reclaim the lead over a wave of South Korean challengers. DeChambeau made a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to tie Rodgers, who then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out and sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.

"Particularly today, my caddie had a great role helping me stay focused", Park said.

Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 under. Langer entered the 17th hole one-shot ahead of McCarron as he was vying for his third major of the year and his fourth straight Senior Players. Shinkwin then hit a bad second shot, bungled his chip and left his putt shot for par. Following this double-bogey his 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th to force a playoff lipped out. He finished with 73. "I was sorry I could only get one birdie for them". "That was the killer".

DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to beat Rodgers by a stroke for his first PGA Tour title - and a spot next week in the British Open.

Park showed her championship mettle at the 72nd hole.

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