Experience worth more than money, says US Open runner-up Choi

Posted July 17, 2017

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.

"My last three U.S. Opens, I think I missed two cuts and last year I just made the cut so actually this year is such an improvement".

South Korea's Park Sung-hyun won her first major title on Sunday after firing her second consecutive five-under-par 67 to capture the US Women's Open as US President Donald Trump watched.

She made three birdies before her only bogey of the final round - at the par-four ninth - before three more birdies on the back nine. "But the big issue was 17, hitting a awful shot there and then missing for bogey". "I thought I was going to be in a playoff". There were threats of protests, especially after Trump made a decision to attend the tournament after his trip to Paris on Thursday and Friday. They appeared for five minutes and departed before Trump arrived. Five protesters (four women, one man) staged a demonstration beneath his box that overlooked the 15th green and 16th tee.

Park hit a chip from over the green on the par-5 18th to save par and win the $900,000 top prize from the $5 million event.

Clearly Park saved her best for last after starting the day three strokes off the lead. It's nearly feel like I'm floating on a cloud in the sky.

Choi, looking to become the youngest ever to win the US Women's Open, faced the 139 yards ahead of her and, given the manner in which she had been playing, it appeared as if, despite the dangers of a front-right flag protected by water, there was little to be concerned about.

It marked the second straight year she has been the low amateur. She was 38th in 2016. "So, to me, getting second place actually means more to me".

"I actually can not believe that even I am making this acceptance speech, that this is actually happening, but the fact that I guess my name is going to be engraved on it is unbelievable joy and happiness". Ryu So-yeon and Hur Mi-jung shared third place, finishing 7-under on 281. 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).

That put the Olympic bronze medal victor two clear of Korean trio Hye Jin Choi (69), Jeongeun Lee (69) and Amy Yang (71).

No American finished inside the top 10. It would, simply put, be one of the most incredible stories in women's golf history.

After turning with a two-under 34 on Sunday, Park came home with birdies on the 12th, 15th and 17th holes to finish with a 11-under 277, outpacing amateur Hye-Jin Choi (71) by two strokes. And with an impressive up-and-down for birdie from a hard lie in the rough on the par-5 15th, Choi remained atop the leader board. She ended with a double bogey and basically lost her chance of winning.

"I had a plan to work my irons and that has worked out".

The only amateur victor of the US Women's Open was France's Catherine Lacoste in 1967. Overall, I think I had a great week this week. She finished second at 9 under, two strokes behind Park.