Sung Hyun Park rallies from three shots back, wins US Women's Open

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Park hit six birdies and one bogey in the fourth and final round to card an 11-under 277.

Overnight leader Feng had a disappointing final round that ended in a triple-bogey on the 18 - seeing her take fall back to a share of fifth at six-under-par with Carlota Ciganda and Jeongeun Lee. Her tee shot with a 7-iron at the par-3 16th fell into the water right of the green.

She has played steady throughout the week, shooting 69-69-70 in the first three rounds.

Clearly Park saved her best for last after starting the day three strokes off the lead. While she made bogey, Feng drained a 12-footer for birdie to tie Choi at 9-under.

Park showed her championship mettle at the 72nd hole.

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. Seven other players have won one each.

The 27-year-old Rio Olympic bronze medalist missed her only fairway of the day at the par-5 18th, sending her tee shot into the deep left rough. American Brittany Lang was the defending champ.

"Well, to be honest with you, I still can not believe that it is actually happening", said Park."It's nearly feel like I'm floating on a cloud in the sky". "I was just trying to get through the hole, maybe with a par". And 16 and 17 I hit great shots into the green but I guess they weren't close enough so I still missed them. "Based on that good experience that I had last year, I think I was able to garner the championship this year". "To be honest with you, I actually surprised myself".

The Korean dominance of women's golf, providing seven of the last 10 U.S. Women's Open winners, was evident with the nation providing eight of the top 10 finishers, including the two new faces at the top who could further extend that domination. Her performance over the four days at Trump National suggests she will flourish as a professional when she makes the switch. "That's what happened. At the time I felt that all this work, all this hard work I put together was going to disappear, so I was a bit disappointed".

Park tied for third at last year's US Women's Open in her first appearance, holding the 36-hole lead before a pair of 74s saw her finish in third place, two strokes off the playoff. She beat the previous mark of 283 set by Grace Park in 1999.

"Today, I hit the ball perfectly and I tried to hit that one more perfectly", Choi said. "When I had a birdie on the 15th hole, I thought that I may have a chance".

Feng has nothing but admiration for Park, 23.

"I think one of the most hard things is to stay focused and keep that concentration level up because I know firsthand that once you lose it, your play is going to just go sideways". "I was quite thrilled".

Throughout the tournament, the presence of Trump, who arrived on Friday and stayed the rest of the weekend, and the protesters who made their way to the area and even into the premises on Sunday were never much of a distraction for the golfers.

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