St Andrews - Stacy Lewis's love affair with the Old Course continued at St Andrews on
Sunday when she finished birdie, birdie to win the Women's British Open.
In 2008, the American won all five matches over the Home of Golf's famous
links in leading her country to victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the
Five years on and the 28-year-old winner of the 2011 Kraft Nabisco
Championship collected her second major with a final round 72 for eight under
Choi Na Yeon and Park Hee Young both shot 73 and were joint runners-up on
But there was disappointment for their fellow South Korean, Park Inbee, who
had been aiming to become the first golfer to win four majors in one calendar
The world number one's attempt for a place in the record books petered out
in a whimper.
The Seoul 25-year-old went into the final round nine off the lead and after
reaching the turn in 41 she went on to post a disappointing 78 for six over par
and joint 42nd.
"I've gone through four rounds of intense pressure and I'm sort of glad
it is over," said Park.
"I enjoyed it, but it was very tough. I almost feel relieved it is all
over. It was hard being the centre of attention all week and I feel exhausted.
"Unless I do go on and win four majors in a row then I think I'll
always remember this moment. It is something not many get to experience and so
I was very lucky."
Three behind Choi following a run of bogeys at the start of the second half,
Lewis, the world number two produced some magic over the final stretch in the
wild and windy conditions.
At the famous Road Hole - the 17th - she hit her second shot to tap-in range
and then she holed a 30-foot birdie putt at the last to set a target that no
one else could match.
Choi, last year's US Women's Open Champion, bogeyed the 13th, dropped
another shot by three-putting the 14th and another bogey at 17th left her two
With play having been suspended around lunchtime on Saturday due to high
winds, all the leaders had to pack 36-holes into the final day.
After the third round, America's Morgan Pressel led on nine under after a
Lewis had a 69 for eight under and Choi (75), the halfway leader, and Park
(70) were in a group tied for third on seven under.
Pressel, hampered by a four-putt double-bogey at the 12th, had a final round
76 and finished tied for fourth on five under with Norway's Suzann Pettersen
On the same mark as Park, New Zealand's 16-year-old Lydia Ko and England's
17-year-old Georgia Hall shared the Smyth Salver for the leading amateur.
Ko, who was joint 17th at the British Open at Hoylake and top amateur last
year, closed with a 74 and Hall, the British amateur Champion, had a 77.