Choi wins U.S. Women's Open by four

  • Follow Golf

KOHLER, Wis. - Na Yeon Choi survived a triple bogey and a few more shaky moments on the back nine Sunday to win the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run.

It's the first major and sixth career LPGA Tour victory for the 24-year-old South Korean star, who came into the tournament ranked fifth in the world.

Choi shot 1-over-par 73 on Sunday and finished at 7-under for a four-stroke victory. Fellow South Korean player Amy Yang had 71 to finish second.

Choi came into Sunday with a six-stroke lead after shooting 7-under 65 on Saturday. She got into trouble when she triple-bogeyed No. 10, but recovered to win at the same course where Se Ri Pak won South Korea's first major title in 1998.

Pak was among a group of friends who met Choi after she putted out on the 18th green, showering her with hugs <0x2014> and victory champagne.

Choi becomes the fourth South Korea player to win the event in the five years, following Inbee Park (2008), Eun-Hee Ji (2009) and So Yeon Ryu (2011).

Choi and Yang were the only players to finish the tournament under par.

Sandra Gal, of Germany, shot 74 and finished 1-over for the tournament. Il Hee Lee, of South Korea, Shanshan Feng, of China, and Italian Giulia Sergas finished 2-over.

Michelle Wie finished the tournament 10-over. After shooting 66 on Friday to close with a stroke of the lead, she had weekend rounds of 78 and 80.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng finished 14-over, and still needs an Open victory to complete a career Grand Slam.


Search Augusta jobs