Another Women’s major was contested over the weekend that was thrilling to the end, as Gee Chun from South Korea stormed from behind in the final round to win at the Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Add another mid-1990s birthday to the list of champions in the world of golf today.
The 20-year old had a goal entering her first U.S. Women’s Open and it was to simply enjoy all the new experiences.She did that and more, storming from behind posting birdies on four of her final seven holes to win by one stroke.
The 7-time Korean Tour winner carded a 4-under 66 for her final round finishing at 8-under for the tournament. She became the first to win the U.S. Open in her debut since 2005, when Birdie Kim did the same, holing out from a greenside bunker.
She thanked the fans for the support she received saying that although she is Korean, the American fans were supporting her immensely. It was something she made sure to take note of for the fans.
With her win on Sunday, Chun now has five for the year with three in Korea, one in Japan and now one in the United States. She said she gained experience by playing in four earlier events on the LPGA Tour this season.
Amy Yang, who was the overnight leader, struggled during the middle part of her round. She was able to pull within one stroke with one hole to play after recording an eagle on 16 and a birdie on 17. However, she bogeyed her final hole to lose by one after laying her ball up into the rough.
Yang, playing on the final day in the final group for the third time in the past four years, squandered a lead of three strokes and finished the day with a 1-over 71 and second place ending the tournament at 273.
Inbee Park the No. 1 ranked player in the world and a two-time champion overcame problems with her putting to rally late and tie for third at 5-under with Stacy Lewis. Lewis was back three shots to start the round.
Michelle Wie, the defending champion battled through leg and hip injuries limping in with a final round 70 and finishing in 11th place 6 shots back.
While Lewis and Yang were garnering most of the attention on the course, Chun picked up strokes here and there with two on the front nine to inch closer to the lead.
Her birdie on No. 12 moved her to within a stroke and then she rolled in a birdie on No. 15, which started a run of three straight birdies.
After taking the lead on 16, she added another birdie at 17 to lead by two. However, she bogeyed 18 and fell into a tie with Yang who had just birdied 17.
Yang however, could not get up and down on 18 for a par and Chun won by a single stroke.
The win, for Chun, was her first on the LPGA Tour.