US Women’s Open: Allisen Corpuz won her first major championship with a stunning victory at the US Women’s Open, while England’s Charley Hull finished second.
In difficult circumstances at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Corpuz blended six birdies with three bogeys to shoot a three-under 69 and complete the week on nine under par, becoming the American the first player to finish all four rounds under par.
Hull shot a final-round 66 to tie for second with Jiyai Shin of South Korea, while overnight leader Nasa Hataoka struggled on the back nine and dropped to joint fourth after a four-over 76.
Corpuz’s victory was her first on the LPGA Tour and earned her a $2 million share of the $11 million prize fund, both of which are records in women’s professional golf.
The 25-year-old started the day a stroke behind Hataoka, but immediately surged ahead with two birdies in her opening three holes, then bogeyed the fourth and had a birdie at the seventh cancelled out by a lost shot at the ninth to equal for the lead at the turn.
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— LPGA (@LPGA) July 10, 2023
A birdie at the par-four 10th gave Corpuz an outright lead that she would hold throughout the day, scoring back-to-back birdies from the 14th while Hataoka made four bogeys in a six-hole stretch to kill her chances of triumph.
Corpuz bogeyed the par-three 17th but maintained a commanding lead headed to the par-four 18th, where a par was enough to secure an emotional triumph.
“I just kind of looked out every few holes and said, ‘I’m out here at Pebble Beach’,” Corpuz said during the trophy ceremony. “There aren’t many places better than this.”
“My coach told me, ‘No one is going to give it to you,’ and I believe I’ve been playing a little conservatively in the past. I simply went out there [Sunday] and convinced myself I had the game to accomplish it.”
Congratulations to fellow Hawaiian Allisen Corpuz for winning the U.S. Women’s Open! You make us all proud — and look forward to a round at Kapolei! 🤙🏾
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 10, 2023
Hull of England got off to a great start with an eagle on the par-five second hole, then stormed up the leaderboard with six birdies offset by two bogeys, matching her best major performance.