Korean Golfer Park Sung-hyun Wins US Women's Open

  • Korean Golfer Park Sung-hyun Wins US Women's Open

Korean Golfer Park Sung-hyun Wins US Women's Open

Park Sung-hyun won her first major title in dramatic fashion by claiming the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Sunday.

Shanshan Feng of China, a seven-time LPGA Tour victor who had led since the opening round, hung in with a chance, needing to hole out from the fairway with her third shot for an eagle at the 18th to tie Park.

The second-place finish proved to be bittersweet for Choi, however, as her amateur status meant she missed out on the £413,000 second prize.

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. There was a peaceful protest after he arrived at his box near the 15th green shortly after 3 p.m. Protesters bought $45 tickets to the event and, representing a few different groups, silently rallied against the U.S. Golf Association's decision to hold the tournament at a Trump-owned property.

Choi showed her mettle by making birdie at the par-five 15th after a brilliant pitch from deep rough short of the green set up an eight-foot putt. "I just - I wanted to bring out my "A" game". She made the putt for birdie to tie Park at 10-under. She's the only woman to be the Rolex Player of the Year and Rolex Rookie of the Year in the same season and that was way back in 1978.

Park's victory avenged her disappointing finish a year ago at the U.S. Women's Open at CordeValle.

Choi, the 2016 Canadian Amateur champion, was tied for the lead on the 16th tee when she dumped her 7-iron from about 140 yards in the water and made a double bogey five. "Of course, I did have many winnings in other tournaments, but winning here at U.S. Open means so much more, and for that I am grateful and extremely happy".

NZ golfer Lydia Ko makes spectacular comeback in second round at US women's Open

Feng was full of praise for Park after her victory. She birdied Nos. 8, 11 and 16 and just missed another on the final hole.

The win earns Park a cool $900,000. She was also trying to break Lydia Ko's record as the youngest LPGA major victor.

Feng, the oldest member in a three-way duel at 27 and by far the most successful with seven LPGA titles, a major championship at the 2012 KPMG Women's PGA and an Olympic bronze medal, simply did not make enough birdie putts.

Saturday at the US Women's Open was all about defence.

"Coming to this week, I didn't have any expectation at all". She was brilliant from tee to green but made 33 pars over the last 36 holes and only a pair of birdies. So I think the repetition and practice that I carried out probably paid off. And Park has inserted herself into the conversation about the best players on the planet.

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