Golf roundup: Park wins US Women's Open for first LPGA Tour victory

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

The 23-year-old Park won a day-long battle with front-running Shanshan Feng and teenager Choi.

Feng, trying to complete a wire-to-wire victory, was frustrated by her putting until the par-five last.

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

Early on Sunday, Choi held the outright lead by two strokes before Park's back-nine run.

Choi is expected to turn pro later this year, but she said she wasn't fretting leaving a $540,000 second-place finish on the table at Trump National.

"It would be nice if I could get the money, but I think my primary goal was to come here and compete", she said.

England's Charley Hull finished 11 strokes behind Park on level par, with Scotland's Catriona Matthew a further six shots back.

At the end of the four days, which were filled with rumors of President Donald Trump's arrival, reactions to his presence, buckets of rain and pockets of mouth-drying humidity, there was Sung Hyun Park standing just below the green at the 18th hole.

Feng's only major victory came at the 2012 LPGA Championship, her first U.S. triumph.

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The 27-year-old from China then picked up a shot at the par-five closing hole to post a one under par 71 and reach nine under for the week. Australian Andrew Dodt holed a birdie putt on the final hole to take the third and final Open invitation on offer, which will be his first major championship. Seeking his third major win of the year, the 59-year German had a one-shot lead before dropping his tee shot in the water on No. 17. "At 18. I hit it really close and finally made a birdie".

"This tournament for me, even if I could just come and play, that alone would be an honor, but on top of that". "If Plan A doesn't work I'll go to Plan B", Feng said of her final round. "I don't see any weak part in her game".

A rookie on the LPGA Tour, Park's 2017 season had been impressive up to this point, despite not including a victory.

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. "But I had to refocus back for the two remaining holes".

The 21-year-old from Kettering is six shots adrift of Feng going into the weekend.

Bad weather then forced a lengthy delay, with some players still to finish their opening round when darkness forced an end to proceedings shortly after 8.30pm local time.

Korean players dominated the majority of the leaderboard's top 10 at the third major of the year, with Mi Jung Hur and World No.1 So Yeon Ryu sharing third place on seven under.

Feng triple-bogeyed 18 to fade down the leader board. She was brilliant from tee to green but made 33 pars over the last 36 holes and only a pair of birdies.

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