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Golf: Park Sung-hyun wins U.S. Women's Open by two strokes

Golf: Park Sung-hyun wins U.S. Women's Open by two strokes
From Reuters - July 16, 2017

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) - Long-hitting Park Sung-hyun of South Korea broke a three-way tie with two late birdies to win the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club on Sunday by two strokes for her first major championship.

The 23-year-old Park, runaway favorite to win LPGA Rookie of the Year honors, birdied the par-five 15th to forge ahead and after co-leader amateur Choi Hye-jin double-bogeyed the 16th, added another birdie at the 17th for some cushion.

Park, who won seven times on the Korean LPGA Tour in 2016 and had four top-10s on the LPGA Tour this season, saved par at the par-five last with a superb chip from behind the green to post a five-under 67 for an 11-under 277 total.

The 17-year-old Choi found water off the tee at the par-three 16th to scuttle her chance for an historic win, but birdied the last to complete a 71 for sole second at nine-under.

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

Shanshan Feng of China, a seven-time LPGA Tour winner who had led since the opening round, needed to hole out from the fairway with her third shot at the 18th to tie Park.

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