Park Sung-hyun Wins US Women's Open to Claim Her 1st Major

Park Sung-hyun Wins US Women's Open to Claim Her 1st Major

South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun has won the U.S. Women's Open, claiming her first LPGA Tour victory.

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.

In addition to the trust she had in Jones, Park, who doesn't have a swing coach and records her own swings for self-analysis, said she also had plenty of faith in herself, even when she was seven shots off the lead through 36 holes at one-under.

It was a gut-wrenching finish for Feng both emotionally and financially, the dropped shots at the last costing her almost US$370,000. Park rolled the ball merely inches from the hole and tapped it in for a closing par.

However, Park tied for the lead with a 20-foot gain on the 15th.

Following her round, Park said "To be honest I still can not believe this is actually happening".

"I wanted to believe in myself again for the final two rounds and I did".

Charley Hull was the top British player, finishing 21st at level par for the tournament having carded a one-over 73 on Sunday.

Saturday at the US Women's Open was all about defence.

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 won seven times on the Korean LPGA Tour previous year, topping its money list.

The 17-year-old Choi bogeyed the first but fought back with gains at the eighth, 11th and 16th.

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

McCarron shot a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to make up a six-shot deficit and beat Langer and Brandt Jobe by a stroke. "Coming into this week I had no expectation at all". So fans gave me that nickname that I just focus on attack and aggressive.

"When I was about to hit the fourth shot, my mind just went blank, but my caddie kept assuring me so I calmed down and made my shot, and when it went (so close) I was pleased", Park said. Feng, from China, had a 75 to drop into a tie for fifth at 6 under with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (70) and South Korea's Jeongeun6 Lee (71). The 51-year-old made up a six-shot deficit in the final round to capture his first major on the Champions Tour.

Birdies at the sixth, 11th and 12th, alongside a solitary bogey on the 10th, saw Feng reach eight under par at Trump National in Bedminster.

"I played probably the first nine holes in the rain, but my phone told me it was going to rain all afternoon and I was prepared", Feng told the LPGA website.

"Obviously I am hitting it good and I am putting it good", Lee said.

Choi was the story for most of the day.

Choi's 8-under 208 after three rounds was the lowest 54-hole total by an amateur in U.S. Women's Open history.

She made three birdies before her only bogey of the final round - at the par-four ninth - before three more birdies on the back nine.

Inside the ropes, players battled puzzling greens and moody weather.

Choi recovered her composure to birdie 18 to finish two clear of world number one Ryu So-yeon and another South Korean, Hur Mi-jung, but two behind Park.

"Maintaining your focus for 18 holes is the most hard thing", she said. "But I had to refocus back for the two remaining holes".