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Sung Hyun Park captures US Women’s Open

BEDMINSTER, NJ - JULY 16: Sung Hyun Park watches her third shot on the first hole during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship at Trump National Golf Club on July 16, 2017 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Sung Hyun Park watches her shot during the final round of play at Bedminster, N.J.

Sung Hyun Park won the US Women’s Open in Bedminster, N.J., on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory.

The 23-year-old shot her second straight 5-under 67 and won a day-long battle with front-running Shanshan Feng and amateur Hye-Jin Choi at Trump National Golf Club.

Park, who birdied the 15th to move into a tie for the lead and the 17th to open a two-shot edge after Choi made a double bogey on the previous hole, finished at 11-under 277 for a two-stroke win.

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President Trump attended the biggest event in women’s golf for the third straight day. There was a peaceful protest after he arrived at his box near the 15th green shortly after 3 p.m.

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Park needed a fine chip from over the green on the par-5 18th hole to save par, and she got a thumbs-up from Trump as she walked to sign her scorecard.

Choi finished with a 71.

Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (70) and fellow South Korean Mi Jung Hur (68) tied for third at 7 under. Feng, from China, had a 75 to drop into a tie for fifth at 6 under with Spain’s Carlota Ciganda (70) and South Korea’s Jeongeun Lee (71).

Choi was the story for most of the day. The 17-year-old had a two-shot lead with nine holes to play and needed a birdie at 15 to regain a piece with Park.

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The 139-yard, par-3 16th over water ended her hopes. Her tee shot landed in the water to the right of the hole. She ended with a double bogey and basically lost her chance to become the second amateur to win the Open.

She birdied the final hole.

Catherine Lacoste remains the only amateur to win the Open, doing it in 1967.

Feng, who was the leader after the first three rounds and carried a one-shot edge into the final 18 holes, triple bogeyed the final hole.

PGA — Bryson DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., by a stroke for his first PGA Tour title — and a spot next week in the British Open.

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The 23-year-old birdied four of the final six holes at TPC Deere Run for a 6-under 65 and an 18-under 266 total to beat third-round leader Patrick Rodgers by a stroke. Rodgers closed with 70.

Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 under, and past tournament champions Steve Stricker (64) and Zach Johnson (67) topped the group at 15 under.

DeChambeau played the front nine in even par, then birdied six of the final nine holes to surge to the top of the leaderboard.

Rodgers, on the other hand, had four bogeys — and his approach on No. 18 sailed past the green. Rodgers nearly chipped in from 50 feet to force a playoff, missing the cup by a foot.

Champions — Scott McCarron’s bogey-free 6-under 66 helped him use an uncharacteristic crash by three-time defending champion Bernhard Langer to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship in Owings Mills, Md.

McCarron finished 18 under to beat Langer and Brandt Jobe by one shot. The 51-year-old made up a six-shot deficit in the final round to capture his first major on the Champions Tour.

The story of the day, however, was the stunning collapse by Langer. Seeking his third major win of the year, the 59-year German had a one-shot lead before dropping his tee shot in the water on No. 17. After taking the one-shot penalty, he missed a 4-footer and made a double bogey.

On 18, Langer lipped out a 6-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff. He finished with a 73 that included only two birdies.

European — Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the first hole of a playoff with Callum Shinkwin to win the Scottish Open in Irvine, Scotland, securing his first title in 5½ years.

Shinkwin left short a 4-foot par putt to win on his 72nd hole to shoot a 4-under 68 in his final round and drop into a playoff with Cabrera Bello, who shot a course-record 8-under 64. Both were 13 under overall.

Returning to the 18th at Dundonald Links, Cabrera Bello sent his second shot from 275 yards to within 8 feet. His eagle putt came short but he tapped in for birdie, leaving Shinkwin a 7-foot birdie putt to force a second hole.

Again, his putt didn’t reach the cup.