PUTTER FAILS FENG ON WEEKEND
Sunday, Shanshan Feng was dressed in her signature cow-patterned attire and ready to leave her mark on USGA history. But for the second consecutive day, the putter let her down, and she arrived at the 72nd hole needing eagle to force a playoff with Sung Hyun Park who was already in the clubhouse at 11-under par. Feng sent her approach sailing over the green, eliminating a chance for eagle and left her chip short of the putting surface and rolled back to her feet. Her putt for double lipped out and she settled for a triple bogey, eight at the par five to drop from solo second into a tie for fifth at six-under par.
“I think overall before the last hole I did pretty well,” Feng said after her round. “I did a good job hanging in right there because my putting was not really that great.”
Feng combined for 64 putts over the weekend but still managed to post her second best finish at the U.S. Women’s Open.
“You know now I look back I should be happy, actually, about my result because coming into this week I had no expectations at all. My last three U.S. Opens I think I missed tow cuts and last year I just made the cut so actually this year is such an improvement. So I think it’s been great.
ALEX, LOW AMERICAN
Marina Alex knew it would be tough to play in her home state of New Jersey, but handled the pressure well and finished T-11, the low American in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open Conducted by the USGA. It’s her best major finish since 2014 when she finished tied for ninth at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
“This is awesome,” said Alex. “I feel like I’ve improved so much from then until now in terms of my game and just nice to be back close to the lead.
“Being in contention and being under a lot of pressure and just figuring out ways to handle it, ways to just improve on dealing with the environment and how to hit quality shots when under a lot of pressure.
“I don’t think anyone can teach you one…