Sung Hyun Park wins US Women's Open by two shots

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

"She is definitely experienced player", Choi said through an interpreter.

It was a better memory for Park at the Women's Open than a year ago, when she led at the halfway point but shot 74-74 on the weekend.

Choi Hye-jin finished second at the US Women's Open on Sunday and while the South Korean amateur was unable to collect the $540,000 prize money that went with the runner-up finish the 17-year-old said the experience was worth everything.

Park, a 23-year-old from South Korea, fired a 5-under 67 to pull away on the back nine and finish 11-under for the tournament.

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President Donald Trump arrived at the course late Friday afternoon from his trip to France. "That birdie made my day".

"To be honest with you, I still can not believe that it is actually happening", Park said through a translator after accepting the trophy.

"I just did really well for the first two rounds and I think I should just keep doing the same thing for the weekend". And then she thanked her caddie, David Jones, for helping her stay focused and positive. There were disappointing parts to my game and that was one.

Sung Hyun Park wins US Women's Open by two shots

Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers shot a 70 to finish one shot back.

Still, when Park overshot the green on 18, it forced her to overcome her biggest weakness: her short game.

Choi is a member of the Korean national team and is No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, and no stranger to success at a young age, tying for seventh at the LPGA's ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open earlier this year.

Amateur Choi, 17, went into the final day a shot adrift of Feng and was in contention for the title until she stepped onto the tee at the par-three 16th. She was also trying to break Lydia Ko's record as the youngest LPGA major victor.

"Putting didn't really work today", said Feng, victor of seven LPGA Tour events including the 2012 LPGA Championship.

Park showed her championship mettle at the 72nd hole. It's a greater honor for me. But I was happy to see a lot of Chinese fans come out.

All week long, Sung Hyun Park was in the shadows like a lioness stalking her prey. Martin and Brittany Lincicome would qualify as of now off the Rolex Ranking.

China's Feng broke a three-way tie with a three-foot birdie putt after missing chances from 10 feet and twice from 12 feet in the closing holes, posting a one-under 71 for a total of nine-under-par 207 at Trump National Golf Club. And Park has inserted herself into the conversation about the best players on the planet. It all just makes you crave the next major - the Ricoh Women's British Open in two weeks.

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