Park clinches US Women's Open for first major title

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EUROPEAN TOUR: Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the first hole of a playoff with Callum Shinkwin to win the Scottish Open, securing his first title in 51/2 years.

Instead, Sung Hyun Park stole the attention and her first major championship with a thrilling final round at the 72nd U.S. Women's Open. Choi closed with 71 to finish as low amateur for the second straight year.

Although Feng makes it a habit of not paying attention to the leaderboard, she sensed she had fallen behind by the 18th hole because Park had already finished to a roar by the time Feng addressed her approach shot.

However, Park tied for the lead with a 20-foot gain on the 15th.

"I did not have the best first and second rounds", Park said via a translator. So I was thinking to myself that maybe two out of four rounds that maybe I was going to have these great numbers. Park was in contention a year ago at the Women's Open at CordeValle but finished third.

Feng, who held a two shot halfway lead, parred the first 17 holes at Trump National in Bedminster.

She had been attempting to become only the second amateur to win the US Women's Open in its 72-year history, after Catherine Lacoste of France in 1967. The 51-year-old made up a six-shot deficit in the final round to capture his first major on the Champions Tour. Choi double-bogeyed the hole and dropped to 8-under, two shots off the lead with two holes to play. Then on 18th I was like, "let's hit them little more closer" and I hit it to three feet and finally I made a putt. "That's how it probably came and I'm happy for it". "If Plan A doesn't work I'll go to Plan B", Feng said of her final round. "I'll keep trying. I'm going to do the same things and see what happens", she said.

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Park clinches US Women's Open for first major title

China's Shanshan Feng extended her lead with a second-round 70 at the US Women's Open in New Jersey.

"(Compared) to a lot of Korean female players, I guess I am more aggressive in my play", said 23-year-old Park.

Birdies at the sixth, 11th and 12th, alongside a solitary bogey on the 10th, saw Feng reach eight under par at Trump National in Bedminster. "Because whenever I was slightly shaken, he would put me back by saying small jokes or assuring me or a pep talk". The weather really hasn't bothered me. "An amateur player is co-leading for the first time in many decades - very exciting!" She led all players with 18 birdies, 12 of which came on her last 27 holes. Inbee Park won the Women's Open in 2008 and '13.

Another three South Koreans, world number one Ryu So-yeon (71), Lee Mi-rim (67) and Lee Jeong-eun (73), were another stroke back at five-under.

Starting on the back nine, Feng reeled off a hat-trick of gains from the 11th and picked up further gains on the 17th and 18th to turn in 31. She was brilliant from tee to green but made 33 pars over the last 36 holes and only a pair of birdies.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda is best placed of those yet to sign their cards on four under, but has only one hole remaining.

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