Sung Hyun Park claimed the U.S. Women’s Open Championship on Sunday from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, holding on for a two-stroke victory over Hye Jin Choi. Park is just a rookie on the LPGA Tour.
Park shot 67’s on both Saturday and Sunday to storm back and claim the win. After shooting a 73 during the first round on Thursday, her prospects looked slim entering the day in fourth place.
Her victory on Sunday is her first win since joining the LPGA Tour. Previously, her best finish came back on May 25 at the LPGA Volvik Championship from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she watched Shanshan Feng take first place with a one-stroke victory. Feng entered Sunday in first at the U.S. Women’s Open, before eventually taking fifth.
Each of the past two years have seen the LPGA’s Rookie of the Year Award go to a South Korean golfer, such as Park. There has been only one South Korean to win the Player of the Year Award on the Tour, which came back in 2013 when Inbee Park captured the crown. All the ladies are chasing Ariya Jutanugam, who won the Player of the Year in 2016.
Coming into the weekend, Park was 11th in the Race to CME Globe standings, with fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu in first place. Ryu finished tied for third on Sunday.
Park’s next chance at another Tour victory comes next weekend from the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I in Sylvania, Ohio.