17-year-old amateur misses chance to win US Women's Open


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Published 9:05 p.m. ET July 16, 2017 | Updated 9:05 p.m. ET July 16, 2017

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — With three holes left in the U.S. Women’s Open, Hye-Jin Choi was all set to re-write the record books.

The 17-year-old South Korean was poised to become the second amateur to win the biggest title in women’s golf, joining 1967 champion Catherine Lacoste of France.

Quote sheets were handed out featuring the congratulatory words of Lacoste, who is now 72 years old and lives in Spain. Lacoste’s father was famed tennis player and sporting goods clothier Rene Lacoste.

Choi was tied with eventual winner Sung Hyun Park, also of South Korea, heading to the par-3 16th, one of the holes that President Donald Trump watched from his personal viewing box.

“I came a long way from Korea and I had the United States president and his wife cheering for me and clapping for me,” Choi said through an interpreter. “I was quite thrilled. It was a big honor…

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