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17-year-old amateur misses chance to win US Women's Open

17-year-old amateur misses chance to win US Women's Open

"To be honest with you, I still can not believe that it is actually happening", Park said through a translator after accepting the trophy. "I feel like I'm on a cloud". "So, to me, getting second place actually means more to me".

Feng, who is a citizen of China, is seeking her eight LPGA tour win and second major title.

Her total is the lowest 72-hole score by an amateur in championship history.

She never relinquished the lead from that point.

Her tee shot at the 140-yard hole disappeared into the water as she went at the pin tucked tight to the right side - and with it went her hopes of the win as she recorded a double-bogey five.

Two more Koreans, Mi Jung Hur (68) and world No 1 So Yeon Ryu (70), shared third place on seven under. At the time, it was a three-horse race that also included Shanshan Feng, who led after each of the three previous rounds.

"But I knew that, you know, on the last hole, I mean, when [Park] made the putt and people went like insane", said Feng, who led after the first, second and third rounds before stumbling Sunday.

Early on Sunday, Choi held the outright lead by two strokes before Park's back-nine run.

Kerr, a former Open victor and a member at this course, was tied at 4 under with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (72).

She has played steady throughout the week, shooting 69-69-70 in the first three rounds.

A birdie at 12 gave Park a share of the lead along with Choi and Feng. She made double bogey to fall out of contention.

"She's young and long so she hits the ball very long and very straight, very accurate and has very good short game also", Feng said.

Park showed her championship mettle at the 72nd hole.

Adrenaline pumping, the 23-year-old Park blew the green with her third shot but chipped up a slope to tap-in distance for a par and a final-round 5-under 67. DeChambeau made a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to tie Rodgers, who then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out and sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.

"I think I did really well for the first three days, and then I'm going to stick to my game plan tomorrow".

The $900,000 prize for the victor here this week is the biggest in women's golf history, but under USGA rule 3-1, "amateurs competing in a golf tournament with prize money available must waive their right to accept prize money".

"I just came out and thought, let's just finish with a good day at a US Open". "Because whenever I was slightly shaken, he would put me back by saying small jokes or assuring me or a pep talk".

Because she is an amateur, Choi forfeits the $540,000 she would have won if she was a professional.

So far, everything has been working for her. "Coming into this week I had no expectation at all". "I just couldn't get the line and the speed together".

Park ended up clear of Choi Hye-jin, the 17-year-old amateur carding a 71 in her final round. My second best finish at the U.S. Open.

The 17th hole, in fact, played tougher than any other. The 27-year-old Alex grew up in Wayne, N.J., less than 40 miles from Trump National. Her prodigious length off the teebox is a powerful weapon and she is ranked fifth on the LPGA Tour in average driving distance.


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