In Gee Chun wins 2015 US Women’s Open on debut – Watch

In Gee Chun wins 2015 US Women's Open on debut - Watch

In Gee Chun’s modest goal for her first U.S. Women’s Open was to enjoy every experience.

The South Korean began the day four shots adrift of overnight leader Amy Yang, but found herself heading to the last with a one-shot lead after rattling in a hat-trick of birdies from the 15th.

Yang’s hopes had appeared over after back-to-back bogeys at the 14th and 15th left her three off the pace, but she followed an eagle two at the par-four next with a birdie at the 17th to set up a tense finish.

Final Leaderboard

-8 In Gee Chun (Kor)
-7 Amy Yang (Kor)
-5 Inbee Park (Kor)
-5 Stacy Lewis (USA)
-3 Brooke Henderson (USA)
-3 Pernilla Lindberg (Swe)
-3 Jane Park (USA)
-3 So Yeon Ru (Kor)
-3 Morgan Pressel (USA)
-3 Shiho Oyama (JPN)

A play-off looked a possibility when Chun, a seven-time winner on the LPGA of Korea Tour, missed a 12-foot par save on the final hole to join her fellow South Korean back on eight under, but Yang was unable to save par herself from a similar distance.

Chun said she was not a natural the first time she picked up a club, and had it not been for some fatherly teasing her career path may have been very different.

She said: “I really enjoyed studying and I was doing pretty well at school, but one day my father and my father’s friend took me to a golf range and they asked me to hit some shots,” she told reporters at a news conference.

“I tried to swing the club but the result wasn’t that good. Then my father and my father’s friend teased me a little bit and I got fired up, and I felt I could do it. Then I decided to spend some time in golf, and I fell in love with golf like that.”

Inbee Park finished with a three-under 67 for her lowest round of the week, but the world No 1 squandered a string of putts to move higher up the leaderboard.

Park closed the week in a tie for third with Stacy Lewis, who ran up two double-bogeys during a final-round 70, with Canada’s Brooke Henderson one of six players a further two strokes back.

Defending champion Michelle Wie played the final three holes in three-under to finish six of Chun, while world No 2 Lydia Ko carding three birdies in a final-round 68.

A double-bogey at the penultimate hole denied Charley Hull her best round of the tournament, with the Englishwoman ending tied-42nd alongside former major winner Lexi Thompson after a two-over 72.