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Choi marches on to US Women's Open win

Na Yeon Choi
Newly crowned US Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi.

Korean World Number 2 Na Yeon Choi continued her nation’s dominance at the US Women’s Open winning by four strokes at Blackwolf Run Golf Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.

In her maiden Major championship win, Choi finished at 7-under par following rounds of 71-72-65-73 to be four shots clear of fellow Korean Amy Yang in second and German Sandra Gal in third at 1-over par.

It was the fourth Korean win in the championship in the last five years after So Yeon Ryu (2011), Eun Hee Ji (2009) and Inbee Park (2008).

“You know what, I think I can’t [sic] believe this right now. Maybe tomorrow in Korea I can feel something. But right now it's the same as like usual day. I really want to say to all the fans and crowd out there they did a really good job, and one more thing, I think I was very calm out there. And I had a really good patience the last hole. I think I'm pretty proud of myself too,” Choi said.

Choi was solid through her opening 9 holes but stumbled with a triple bogey 8 on the par 5 10th to drop back to 5-under and bring other players back in contention.

After the trouble on ten, Choi said she tried to avoid talking about what she was doing on course and focus on something else. The plot worked and she rallied with a birdie on the 11th to maintain her lead.

“So I had one hazard and I got a couple of missed shots, and I had the triple bogey on 10. At that moment maybe I thought I might screw up today, but I thought I needed to fix that. I can do it. So I tried to think what I have to do. So I [sic] decided to talk with my caddie. So I started to talk with my caddie about just like what airplane tomorrow, or about the car or about the vacation,” Choi said.

After putting out on the 18th green, Choi was congratulated by her hero Se Ri Pak who also won at Blackwolf Run in 1998 in a victory that paved the way for Korean golf.

“Like 14 years ago I was only nine years old, and when I was watching TV, my goal was like -- my dream was like I just want to be there. And 14 years later I'm here right now, and I made it. My dreams come true. It's an amazing day today, and like I really appreciate what Se Ri did and all the Korean players, they did. It's really no way like I can be here without them,” Choi said.

“I haven't talked with my parents yet, but I don't know, maybe my mum was
crying or my dad was crying. I don't know, but I'm pretty sure they really happy right now. And I'm going to Korea tomorrow, and I love to see my parents in the airport, and I really miss -- actually, I feel really sorry for them, because they are not here right now. But I'm pretty sure they were watching on TV and they couldn't sleep last night, and they supported me a lot,” Choi added.

Australians Karrie Webb and Katherine Hull finished 50th and 57th respectively on the brutal layout.

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