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Park wins US Women's Open

July 16, 2017 at 10:51 p.m.
Updated July 16, 2017 at 10:58 p.m.

South Korea's Sung Hyun Park holds up the championship trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament Sunday in Bedminster, N.J.

South Korea's Sung Hyun Park holds up the championship trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament Sunday in Bedminster, N.J.    AP for The Victoria Advocate

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - Sung Hyun Park won the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory.

The 23-year-old from South Korea shot her second straight 5-under 67 and won a day-long battle with front-running Shanshan Feng and teenage amateur Hye-Jin Choi at Trump National Golf Club.

Park, who birdied the 15th to move into a tie for the lead and the 17th to open a two-shot edge after Choi made a double bogey on the previous hole, finished at 11-under 277 for a two-stroke win over Choi.

President Donald Trump attended the biggest event in women's golf for the third straight day. There was a peaceful protest after he arrived at his box near the 15th green shortly after 3 p.m.

It ended up being a quiet week of politics. The golf was excellent.

Park needed a fine chip from over the green on the par-5 18th hole to save par, and she got a thumps-up from Trump as she walked to sign her scorecard.

Choi finished with a 71. Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (70) and fellow South Korean Mi Jung Hur (68) tied for third at 7 under. Feng, from China, had a 75 to drop into a tie for fifth at 6 under with Spain's Carlota Ciganda(70) and South Korea's Jeongeun6 Lee (71).

Choi was the story for most of the final round. The 17-year-old had a two-shot lead with nine holes to play and needed a birdie at 15 to regain a piece with Park. The 139-yard, par-3 16th over water ended her hopes. Her tee shot landed in the water to the right of the hole.


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