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Sung Hyun Park wins US Women’s Open in front of President Trump

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — After weeks of uncertainty, the U.S. Women’s Open stopped being about President Donald Trump, his course and his views toward women and it turned out to be what the USGA wanted: a good tournament on a good course. Sung Hyun Park shot her second straight 5-under-par 67 on Sunday and won a final-round duel with Shanshan Feng and amateur Hye-Jin Choi at Trump National Golf Club for her first LPGA Tour victory. Park birdied the 15th to move into a tie for the lead and the 17th to open a two-shot edge after Choi made a double-bogey to squander her chance of becoming the second amateur to win the event. Park finished with an 11-under total of 277, two shots better than Choi, who shot a final-round 71. “The experience was definitely worth it, because based on that good experience that I had last year, I think I was able to garner the championship this year,” Park said through an interpreter. The USGA was criticized for not moving the event from Trump National after comments made by the president about women came to light during the election campaign. There was a small protest after Trump arrived at his box near the 15th green Sunday, but it was peaceful. Park needed a fine chip from over the green on the par-5 18th hole to save par and win the $900,000 top prize from the $5 million event. Walking to the scoring tent to sign her card, she got a thumbs-up from Trump from his box. “Well, to be honest with you, I still cannot believe that it is actually happening,” said Park, who is the leading rookie on the LPGA Tour. [...] I did have many winnings in other tournaments, but winning here at the U.S. Open means so much more. The only drawback was she could not pocket the $540,000 second-place prize. “I mean it will be nice if I could get the money, but I think my primary goal was to come here and compete so, to me, getting this second place actually means more to me,” she said. Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (70) and fellow South Korean Mi Jung Hur (68) tied for third at 7-under. Feng, from China, had a 75 to drop into a tie for fifth at 6-under with Spain’s Carlota Ciganda (70) and South Korea’s Jeongeun6 Lee (71). Feng, the leader after the first three rounds, triple-bogeyed the final hole. “I think overall, before the last hole I did pretty well,” said Feng, who had only two birdies in the last two rounds. Tom Canavan is an Associated Press writer. Final leaderboard

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