x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Double bogey cannot stop Ji

A double-bogey midway through the final round inspires Ji Eun-hee of South Korea to win the US Women's Open on Sunday.

PENNSYLVANIA // A double-bogey midway through the final round inspired Ji Eun-hee of South Korea to win the US Women's Open on Sunday. Ji, 23, dropped to three shots off the pace after the par-four 10th, but from there she made three birdies, including a 20-footer at the 18th that gave her a first major championship. "I think that double bogey gave me an opportunity to sort of calm myself down, and I think it was one of the factors of winning this tournament," Ji said.

Ji, who last year won her only other LPGA Tour title, came up short into a greenside bunker and blasted into another bunker before finally getting out into thick rough in the 242-yard uphill approach to the green. She chipped onto the green and took two putts for six and fell way behind Christie Kerr. "After that double bogey, I basically cleared my mind and said, 'let's go and play out the rest of the round.'"

As bogeys sank Kerr and Kim In-kyung of South Korea, Ji reached the 18th tied with Candie Kung of Taiwan with the prospect of a three-hole playoff looming. But her approach shot to the green went like a dream."Right before hitting the putt, I was nervous to the point where my hands were shaking." * Reuters