Rookie Sung Hyun Park of South Korea finished with an 11-under par (277) to win her first U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Park’s win at the third major of the LPGA season is her first career LPGA victory.
After struggling in the first and second round of the tournament, Park stood at 1-under par (143) heading into third round action on Saturday. But Park surged up the leaderboard after a pair of 5-under par (134) rounds to close out the tournament and capture the win.
Despite a bogey on the ninth hole, Park birdied on six holes in her final round. Her birdie on the 17th hole ended up being the deciding factor in the victory.
At last year’s tournament, Park missed out on a playoff by two shots after hitting a ball into the water on the final hole. This time, with President Donald Trump in attendance, the results were different.
“Well, to be honest with you, I still cannot believe that it is actually happening,” Park said to reporters after the win. “It almost feels like I’m floating on a cloud in the sky. Of course, I did have many winnings in other tournaments, but winning here at U.S. Open means so much more.”
Sung Hyun Park claimed her 1st LPGA Tour victory at the U.S. Women’s Open
She had 12 birdies in Rds 3 & 4 after only 6 in Rds 1 & 2 pic.twitter.com/kZvmF3kUtV
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Amateur Hye Jin Choi finished two strokes behind Park to finish second, while world No. 1 So Yeon Ryu and fellow South Korean Mi Jung Hur finished tied for third. Shanshan Feng of China, who led after the first three rounds of the tournament, finished tied for fifth after triple-bogeying the final hole.
The win earned the 23-year-old Park a $900,000 prize. Next up on the LPGA Tour is the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.