Park Sung-hyun wins US Women's Open by two strokes

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On the par-5 18th, Park hit her third shot over the green, adrenaline pumping, leaving her a tricky chip shot.

The Korean juggernaut in women's golf was evident with the nation providing eight of the top 10 finishers.

Park was in fourth place after three rounds, sitting three strokes behind Shanshan Feng of China. It was the worst finish in the Open for the top American since Paula Creamer was seventh in 2012.

With the victory, Park won her first major title and the 900-thousand USA dollars top prize. Feng also led after both the first and second rounds.

"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". "I nearly feel like I'm floating on a cloud in the sky".

"I just came out and thought, let's just finish with a good day at a US Open".

The week was full of distractions on and off the golf course. There were threats of protests, especially after Trump made a decision to attend the tournament after his trip to Paris on Thursday and Friday.

That created a steady hum of noise from people who hung around that area or stopped while passing through it. Fans and supporters, on the ground and on the balcony of the neighboring clubhouse, snapped iPhone photos and begged Trump to return their waves.

Inside the ropes, players battled puzzling greens and moody weather. Friday was soaked by driving rain.

A scintillating Sunday shootout that showcased the seemingly bottomless pool of youthful talent in women's golf produced a victor who just might be the game's next big thing.

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U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated South Korean Park Sung-hyun on winning the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday.

"The experience was definitely worth it, because based on that good experience that I had last year, I think I was able to garner the championship this year", Park said.

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.

With two holes remaining, Park shared the lead with Choi, a 17-year-old from South Korean who was attempting to become the youngest-ever victor of the premier title in women's golf, and just the second amateur to win the championship, joining 1967 victor Catherine Lacoste.

But that dream died on the shortest hole of the course when she pushed her tee shot on the 147-yard 16th into the water and wound up with a double bogey.

"Coming to this week, I didn't have any expectation at all", said Feng, who has lead from the start after shooting a 66 in her quest for a second major.

Feng, trying to become the first wire-to-wire victor since 1977, also held a share of the lead on the back nine Sunday but stumbled on the 18th hole with a triple-bogey 8 to close with a 75, falling to T-5. "Oh, [Park] must be winning". The NBA star eagled the par-5 18th for a 68.

Rodgers, on the other hand, had four bogeys - and his approach on No. 18 sailed past the green.

That left Feng on nine-under 207 after 54 holes at Trump National, with Trump among those watching her in the third major championship of the LPGA season. 17 and 18 paved the way for Scott McCarron to win his first major tournament on the PGA Tour Champions in sensational comeback fashion Sunday in Owings Mills, Md.

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