Starting the final day four shots behind a packed leaderboard full of highly talented players, didn’t phase Sung Hyun Park one bit. In fact you could say the one they refer to as ‘Namdalla’ embraced the challenge and very much succeeded in overcoming it.
With the likes of multiple proven winners In Gee Chun, Christie Kerr, Brooke Henderson, Shanshan Feng and Mirim Lee to chase down, Park birdied (seven times…) her way through the pack, en route to posting a flawless final round 64.
As Park waited in the clubhouse, In Gee Chun was her nearest rival, just two shots back, still with five holes left to play. Chun was unable to pick up any more shots, recording consecutive pars, until she reached the final hole.
Chun needed an eagle on the par 5 18th to force a playoff, but her second shot caught the greenside bunker and all seemed lost, unless she produced a dramatic chip in from about 50 yards. She didn’t, and unfortunately ended up bogeying the hole, and slipping back to T-3rd.
An eagle on the 18th elevated Mirim Lee above Chun into solo second, after she produced a final round 68. So it was a Korean 1, 2 and 3 (tied 😉).
But the day belonged to Sung Hyun Park, who added the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open title to her U.S. Open title. This all but seals her Rookie of the Year award. She started the year wanting to win this award and one LPGA title. She has doubled her wish already and more lies ahead for this sensational talent.
Park has bigger plans as that world number one spot edges ever closer. She has already leapfrogged So Yeon Ryu on this years money list with this win. Currently ranked 4th in the world, Park will jump at least one spot, possibly two, after this win.
This also makes it 5 LPGA Tour victories in a row and 13 from 23 events this year, by the very dominant group of Korean ladies.
They are well on the way to breaking the record of fifteen wins in one season back in 2015. There are three more tournaments than two years ago to add to the likelihood that a new record will be set.
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