Brittany Lang Wins US Open in Playoff
Sunday’s final round of the US Women’s Open began with world’s number one Lydia Ko with a one shot lead over Eun-Hee Ji and Sung Hyun Park and two shots over Brittany Lang and Amy Yang. Ko remained near the top of the leader board, finishing tied for third with Ji and Park. It was Anna Nordqvist, who won the ShopRite Classic earlier this season, and Brittany Lang battling it out for the title.
Nordqvist shot the round of the day, with a five-under 67 which included three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th. The round put her at six-under par and tied at the top with Lang, who took sole possession of the lead with a birdie on the 16th. After a three-putt bogey on 17, Lang got a par on 18 to force a playoff. Sung Hyun Park also had a chance to enter the playoff, needing a birdie on 18. Going for the green in two, she pulled her approach into the water. The miscue lead to a bogey and a four-under par finish.
The three-hole playoff began on the 16th with pars by both Lang and Nordqvist. A bit of good fortune for Lang and bad for Nordqvist occurred on the 17th. After finding the bunker off the tee, Nordvist was able to salvage par, or so she thought. She was enforced a two-shot penalty for grounding her club in the bunker. This put Lang up by two following a par of her own. After a routine par on 18 and another bogey by Nordqvist, Brittany Lang became the US Open Champion. Lang’s victory was her first career major and second LPGA win, the first coming at the Manulife Financial Classic in 2012.
Stacy Lewis finished at three-under par, Gerina Piller and Cristie Kerr finished at two-under par. First round leader Mirim Lee struggled to 74, 76 and 73 the last three rounds and finished in a tie for 11th.
The LPGA heads to Sylvania, Ohio for the Marathon Classic. Chella Choi, who was not in the field this week and tied for 19th at the Cambia Classic, is the defending champion.