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

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

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

We take a look at the backstory of golf's latest major champion Sung Hyun Park, who won the US Women's Open by two strokes on Sunday. Park had just sunk a six-foot birdie putt, her sixth of the round, to push her score to 11 under and her lead to two strokes.

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.

Park is now the second consecutive first-time major victor - and she is in her rookie season - showing just how deep the talent pool is in women's golf. She held the 36-hole lead previous year at CordeValle before finishing tied for third, one shot out of the playoff between Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and American Brittany Lang, the eventual champion. Maybe I played that hole a little too aggressively. She started the final round three shots off the pace and made the turn after a 34.

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. "It's nearly like I'm floating on a cloud in the sky", Park said through an interpreter after signing for 11-under 277.

"I did not have the best first and second rounds", Park said through a translator, per Sirak. "It nearly feels like I'm floating on a cloud in the sky".

Long-hitting Park Sung-hyun of South Korea was three shots back after tearing up the closing nine with six birdies for a 67. "When I had a birdie on the 15th hole, I thought that I may have a chance". It's a greater honor for me. Her 7-iron landed in the water to the right of the hole.

"I think overall, before the last hole I did pretty well", said Feng, who had only two birdies in the last two rounds. I didn't want to make any changes and just go out there and be myself. So I think the repetition and practice that I carried out probably paid off. Of course, I did have many winnings in other tournaments, but winning here at U.S. Open means so much more.

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Choi's 8-under 208 after three rounds was the lowest 54-hole total by an amateur in U.S. Women's Open history. This came after a third-round 77 that effectively took her out of contention.

"He saw us, number 45 saw us, that we were out here and I could tell by the chatter and the way that they looked at us that they all saw us", she said about the 45th USA president and his staff.

Not surprisingly, the best player this week won, making up for a bad weekend in this event a year ago.

Park completed 72 holes at 11-under 277 for her first win on the LPGA Tour, which she joined this year.

"I said to my caddie, 'Oh, maybe we try to hit it in, ' because I didn't know how many I was behind", Feng said.

Feng has nothing but admiration for Park, 23.

Feng was the star on the course for the second straight day. "I don't see any weak part in her game". "Like some or a lot of Korean female golfers, I guess I am more aggressive in my play".

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