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South Korea's In Gee Chun wins U.S. Women's Open

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 13, 2015 4:43 AM
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South Korea's In Gee Chun kisses the championship trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Lancaster Country Club.

(Lancaster) -- The U.S. Women's Open golf tournament has wrapped up in exciting fashion in Lancaster County.

South Korea's In Gee Chun birdied four of the last seven holes to rally for a one-stroke victory at the Lancaster Country Club.

The 20-year old shot a 4-under 66 in the final round and finished at 8-under, to become the first player to win her U.S. Open debut since Birdie Kim in 2005.

Third-round leader Amy Yang struggled in the middle of her round and then pulled within one by going eagle-birdie at Numbers 16 and 17.

"I had two more holes left and just thought maybe if I could make a couple birdies in or just don't make any big mistakes," she said.

But Yang did make a big mistake by bogeying the 18th to fall a stroke short at 7-under.

The tournament set an attendance record  with more than 135,000 spectators viewing the championship throughout the week.

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In Gee Chun walks onto the 18th green during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament.

American Stacy Lewis says she loved the atmosphere.

"It was an unbelievable week, just the energy in the crowd," she said. "Right off the first tee, I mean the first tee was packed. The energy of the crowd just walking up 18, seeing the number of people around that hole was unbelievable."

Lewis and South Korea's Inbee Park tied for third place at five-under-par.

2014 Open champion Michelle Wie says she was impressed how the players were embraced by the fans.

"The crowds have been amazing. It's been such an amazing crowd to play in front of. There's so much support," she said. "They are so excited to see us. I felt the excitement."

Wie battled hip and leg injuries and limped in with an even-par 70, to finish 11th at 2-under 278.

Along with the championship trophy, Chun was awarded a record prize of $810,000 dollars.

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