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Sung Hyun Park

As of early Sunday evening, Sung Hyun Park did not have a Wikipedia entry, at least in the English version.

That figures to change soon, if it hasn’t already.


Park, a 23-year-old LPGA rookie who before this year had competed mostly in her native South Korea, won the U.S. Women’s Open at New Jersey’s Trump National Bedminster, upstaging at least for a few hours the course’s owner, President Donald Trump, who was on hand all weekend.

A talent who signaled big things might be afoot with seven LPGA of Korea Tour victories last year and a T2 finish at the 2016 Evian Championship, Park edged compatriot Hye-Jin Choi, a 17-year-old amateur, by two strokes. The leaderboard at Bedminster underscored South Korea’s dominion in women’s golf, with eight of the top 10 finishers hailing from that land.     

Several of the world’s best male players were in Scotland honing their links chops for this week’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Rafa Cabrera-Bello won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in a playoff, adding to a banner year for Spanish golfers.

In the American heartland, former amateur standout Bryson DeChambeau won the John Deere Classic, his first PGA Tour title. The 23-year-old Californian known for his scientific bent and single-length irons birdied the 72nd hole to cap a closing 65 and finish a stroke ahead of Patrick Rodgers, another highly touted young gun.

And in Maryland, Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron – whose almost-anchored putting styles came under scrutiny a couple of weeks earlier – locked horns at the Constellation Senior Players Championship. McCarron won his first senior major after Langer uncharacteristically rinsed his tee shot on the 71st hole, the par-3 17th at Caves Valley Golf Club.

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