Sung Hyun Park opens account in US Women's Open

NZ golfer Lydia Ko makes spectacular comeback in second round at US women's Open

NZ golfer Lydia Ko makes spectacular comeback in second round at US women's Open

The 23-year-old from South Korea shot her second straight 5-under 67 and won a day-long battle with front-running Shanshan Feng and teenage amateur Hye-Jin Choi at Trump National Golf Club in Beminster, N.J.

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.

Feng, trying to complete a wire-to-wire victory, was caught late in the round by South Koreans Amy Yang and 17-year-old amateur Choi Hye-jin, but the 27-year-old Chinese stuck an approach at the par-five finishing hole to three feet and made the putt to happily end the par streak.

Choi, the world number two amateur who has a win on the Korean LPGA Tour and a top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour this season, battled fellow South Korean victor Park Sung-hyun to the wire before finishing two shots back. She ended with a double bogey and basically lost her chance to become the second amateur to win the Open.

Park's play was a one-way express lane to victory on Sunday, where she paused only to give a wave and a bow toward Trump on her way from the 18th to the scoring tent.

Shanshan Feng of China, a seven-time LPGA Tour victor who had led since the opening round, hung in with a chance, needing to hole out from the fairway with her third shot for an eagle at the 18th to tie Park.

"I did pretty well until the last hole", Feng said. "And I'm happy for it". Park and Choi birdied 15, but Park took the lead alone and for good after Choi found the water at 16.

Park, who finished third at the Open past year, had the best round of the day as she fired six birdies on the back nine to finish with a 30 and an overall 5-under 67.

Still, when Park overshot the green on 18, it forced her to overcome her biggest weakness: her short game.

"Well, it would be nice if I could get the money, but I think my primary goal was to come here and compete", Choi said.

The Perth ace drilled seven birdies at Bedminster, New Jersey, to shoot the day's best round - a six-under-par 66 and vault to four under. I didn't want to make any changes and just go out there and be myself.

Of the 10 past South Korean winners, only Pak Se-ri (1998) claimed the US Women's Open as a rookie.

In her US Women's Open debut previous year, Park led by two shots after 36 holes but closed with back-to-back 74s and settled for a share of third.

Englands Charley Hull finished tied for 21st after a closing 73.

Choi, who eventually finished in second, recorded the lowest amateur score (9 under at 279) in U.S. Women's Open history.

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. "At 18. I hit it really close and finally made a birdie".

Choi recovered her composure to birdie 18 to finish two clear of world number one Ryu So-yeon and another South Korean, Hur Mi-jung, but two behind Park. "I was sorry I could only get one birdie for them". So I was thinking to myself that maybe two out of four rounds that maybe I was going to have these great numbers.

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