Lydia Ko plummets out of US Women's Open contention

Ruben Hill
July 17, 2017

There has not been a shortage of controversy at the 2017 U.S. Women's Open given that it's being held at President Donald Trump's Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

The group under par surprisingly includes American Cristie Kerr, who carded a 70 to move into a tie for eighth place at 212, a day after back spasms almost led her to withdraw.

It should make for an interesting final day in a tournament that had an even bigger stage with Trump in attendance.

Amy Yang (70) and 17-year-old amateur Choi Hye Jin (70) were tied one stroke back, with long-hitting Korean compatriot Park Sung Hyun (67), a seven-time victor on the Korean LPGA Tour last year, two shots further back.

Golfer Shanshan Feng sought to quickly change subjects when asked a question in a recent interview about President Trump.

"Coming to this week, I didn't have any expectation at all", said Feng, who is seeking her second major title on Sunday. "We just want to be able to show our support for (the players) and our objections to Donald Trump - the fact that the LPGA still had to have it here in light of all the comments and actions that he's taken that are contrary to women's rights".

"I just have to stay focused and play my game".

Choi and Yang each shot 70.

The win was redemption for Park, who is the leading rookie on the LPGA Tour this year.

Kerr, a former Open victor and a member at this course, was tied at 4 under with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (72).

Feng needed an eagle on the par-5 18th hole to tie Park and send it to a playoff.

But on the 11th hole, the 32-year-old Lewis gave back most of the strokes gained on her birdie binge.

"It's definitely a learning experience...either way I'm still an amateur." she explained to GNN.com. She made double bogey to fall out of contention.

"I was putting well on the back nine today". She led after 36 holes in this event past year and finished third, two shots out of a playoff.

"The first two days didn't go as well as I thought they would", said Park, a South Korea resident, through an interpreter.

Playing with Feng, Jeongeun6 Lee had a insane round that started with three straight bogeys.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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