Sung Hyun Park steals attention from Trump in US Open thriller

Hye-Jin Choi

South Korea's Park Sung-Hyun won her first major golf title Sunday, firing her second consecutive five-under par 67 to capture the US Women's Open as US President Donald Trump watched.

For the longest time, 17-year-old amateur Hye-Jin Choi was in control on this final day, well on her way to becoming just the second amateur to win this tournament, joining Catherine LaCoste (1967).

Lee's finish is the latest in a solid season for the three-time LPGA Tour victor, who has six top-10s in 2017, and remains confident her first major victory is near.

Park saved her best for the last two rounds this year and won. She ended with a double bogey and basically lost her chance to become the second amateur to win the Open. But with her victory, Park virtually locked up the rookie award and threw herself into the mix for top player honors, moving into third place.

Park was in fourth place after three rounds, sitting three strokes behind Shanshan Feng of China.

"Well, I mean I think overall, before the last hole, I did pretty well", said Feng.

Scottish Open: Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the first hole of a playoff with Callum Shinkwin to win the Scottish Open on Sunday in Irvine, Scotland, securing his first title in 5½ years. But I was happy to see a lot of Chinese fans come out.

DeChambeau played the front nine in even par, then birdied six of the final nine holes to surge to the top of the leaderboard. She had the 36-hole lead in the Open a year ago and shot final rounds of 74-74 to finish two shots out of a playoff with eventual champion Brittany Lang and Anna Nordqvist.

Park - who found water on the 72nd hole at her maiden US Women's Open appearance previous year before finishing third - ensured there would be no such mistakes this time. Her one and only bogey came on the ninth hole, which she more than made up for with three birdies on the back.

"I get the runner-up, and it is unbelievably joyous for me", she said.

Walking to the scoring tent to sign her card, she got a thumps-up from Trump from his box. I didn't want to make any changes and just go out there and be myself.

Those wins set her up as one of the top five money earners on the tour, gaining her entry into the 2016 ANA Inspiration and US Women's Open.

Choi is expected to turn pro later this year, but she said she wasn't fretting leaving a $540,000 second-place finish on the table at Trump National.

"Before the last hole, I did a good job hanging right there", Feng said. The weather really hasn't bothered me. She also hit her third shot into the waste area before missing a chip and 3-putting for a triple bogey and a 75 that dropped her to a tie for fifth. So Yeon Ryu, the world's No. 1 player, had a 70 and tied Mi Jung Hur (68) for third at 281.

"I think one of the most hard things is to stay focused and keep that concentration level up because I know firsthand that once you lose it, your play is going to just go sideways". She added four birdies and two more bogeys in her final 15.

"My last three U.S. Opens, I think I missed two cuts and last year I just made the cut so actually this year is such an improvement".

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