Eun Hee Ji of South Korea made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole Sunday, finishing off an even-par 71 to claim the U.S. Women’s Open.
The 20-year-old Ji outlasted playing partner and third-round leader Cristie Kerr, who struggled from the outset and failed in her bid for a second Women’s Open title in three years.
"Wow! I like; and am really happy, this being a major tournament," Ji said through an interpreter. "I think this will be one of the most memorable moments in my life."
Ji, another of a legion of South Korean players who were inspired to play the game by 1998 champion Se Ri Pak, won the Women’s Open in just her second try.
She is the second straight South Korean to win the event, following Inbee Park. Countrywoman Birdie Kim claimed the championship in 2005.
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