South Korea’s Jeongeun Lee6 shot a 1-under-par 70, enduring some shaky moments after opening up a three-stroke lead to win the U.S. Women’s Open by two shots in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday.
Lee6 was ahead by three after a birdie on the par-5 15th, but took bogeys on the 16th and 18th to give third-round co-leader Celine Boutier a chance over the final two holes. But Boutier missed a long birdie attempt on the 17th and put her approach to the par-4 18th in a bunker. Her sand shot rolled off the green.
Lee6, playing two groups ahead of Boutier, was practicing putts when the Frenchwoman could not make the sand shot. Lee6 bent down in joy when her victory was secure, countrywoman and 2011 U.S. Women’s Open winner So Yeon Ryu coming over to embrace the new champion.
Lee6, who has the number in her name because she was the sixth player with the name on the Korean LPGA’s tour, finished at 6-under 278 to claim the USGA’s first $1 million women’s winner check.
“This is kind of really interesting how I finished 6-under at an LPGA tournament,” Lee6 said through an interpreter. “So, this is really lucky number to me.”
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Boutier made a double-bogey on the final hole to fall into a tie for fifth at 3-under. She shot 75. Lexi Thompson, Ryu and Angel Yin tied for second, two shots behind Lee6. Thompson shot 73, Ryu 70 and Yin 68.
“I felt pretty nervous starting on the holes 16, 17, and 18” after opening the large lead,” Lee6 said. “But I tried the best that I can.”
NCAA women’s individual champion Maria Fassi started her first tournament as a pro 72-73 to make the cut on the number. She took flight on the weekend, going 68-70 to tie for 12th with a group at 1-under that included the tournament’s low amateur in Gina Kim, part of Duke’s recent NCAA team champion.
PGA Tour: Patrick Cantlay, who began the day four shots off the lead, closed with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot victory over Adam Scott at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio. Cantlay finished at 19-under 269.
The 64 was the lowest final round by a winner in tournament history.
Martin Kaymer, trying to end a five-year victory drought, started with a two-shot lead but couldn’t recover from back-to-back bogeys on the back nine. Kaymer finished with a 72, leaving him four shots back of Cantlay in third.
“I knew that you can’t really make any mistakes coming down the stretch,” said Kaymer, whose last victory was by eight shots in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. “But all credit to Patrick. He played a great round of golf.”
Tiger Woods, in his final event before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, went out in 31 and was 7-under for his round through 12 holes until bogeys on Nos. 14 and 18 left him with a 67. He tied for ninth at 9-under 279.
“The goal today was to get to double digits (under par) and get something positive going into the Open,” he said. “I got to double digits, I just didn’t stay there.”
PGA Tour Champions: Kevin Sutherland, who overcame an eight-shot deficit in the final round to reach a playoff, birdied the second extra hole to beat Scott Parel at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sutherland made eight back-nine birdies in a course-record 10-under 62 to match Parel at 17-under 199. Parel closed with a 70. They broke the tournament record of 15-under set by Scott McCarron in 2016.
“Leading wasn’t in my consideration. But I knew if I shot a great round of golf, you never know,” Sutherland said. “It just worked out well for me.”
European Tour: In Antwerp, Belgium, Guido Migliozzi birdied the fifth hole for a two-shot swing that carried him to a four-shot victory over Darius van Driel in the championship match of the Belgian Knockout.
The event featured stroke play among 144 players for the first two days, with the top 64 advancing to match play. Three rounds of nine-hole matches utilizing stroke play whittled the field to eight Saturday. Three more rounds of nine-hole stroke-play matches Sunday then settled the championship.
Other events: Sebastian Cappelen shot a 7-under 65 to finish at 21-under 265 and win the Web.com Tour’s REX Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C., by three shots. … Min Lee defeated Esther Lee on the first playoff hole to win the Symetra Tour’s Valley Forge Invitational in Pottstown, Pa. Min Lee, with a 65, and Esther Lee, with a 66, each finished regulation at 15-under 198,
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