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KOHLER, Wis. -- Na Yeon Choi was cruising to lớn victory in the U.S. Women"s mở cửa when her trademark consistency suddenly deserted her.

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After yanking her tee shot into lớn the woods on the 10th hole, Choi wound up making a triple-bogey -- cutting her lead over playing partner Amy Yang from five to lớn two strokes.

"That moment, maybe I thought I might screw up today," Choi said. "But I thought I needed to lớn fix that. I can bởi it. So I tried khổng lồ think what I have sầu lớn vị."

Choi birdied the next hole, danced around a few more potential pitfalls on the back nine & went on lớn win by four strokes Sunday at Blackwolf Run.

It"s the first major và sixth career LPGA Tour victory for the 24-year-old South Korean star, who came inlớn the tournament ranked fifth in the world.

Choi shot a 1-over 73 on Sunday & finished at 7 under. Yang, also from South Korea, had a 71 khổng lồ finish second.

Choi"s victory comes at the same course where Se Ri Pak won the xuất hiện in 1998, a victory that inspired Choi and many other young South Koreans lớn try lớn make it on the women"s tour.

"And 14 years later I"m here right now, and I made it," Choi said. "My dreams come true. It"s an amazing day today, and like I really appreciate what Se Ri did and all the Korean players, they did. It"s really no way I can be here without them."

Pak was aao ước a group of friends who met Choi after she putted out on the 18th green, showering her with hugs -- & victory champagne.

"She (said), "Hey, Na Yeon, I"m really proud of you. You did a really good job, & you (were) really calm out there,"" Choi said. "She talked to me a lot, & she was hugging me."

Choi is the fourth South Korea player to win the sự kiện in the five years, following Inbee Park (2008), Eun-Hee Ji ("09) & So Yeon Ryu ("11).

And while Choi"s performance on the 10th wasn"t pretty, she could afford to lớn have one bad hole Sunday thanks in large part khổng lồ her remarkable performance Saturday when she matched the fifth-lowest round in mở cửa history with a 65.

Na Yeon Choi hung on lớn capture her first major title with a four-stroke victory Sunday at the U.S. Women"s Open -- and then celebrated afterward.Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesChoi & Yang were the only players khổng lồ finish the tournament under par.

Yang was expecting Choi"s best effort.

"I knew she was going khổng lồ play well," Yang said. "She"s very consistent player."

Sandra Gal of Germany shot a 74 và finished at 1 over. Il Hee Lee of South Korea, Shanshan Feng of Trung Quốc & Italian Giulia Sergas each finished 2 over.

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Michelle Wie finished at 10 over. After shooting a 66 on Friday lớn cđại bại within a stroke of the lead, she had weekend rounds of 78 và 80.

"Contention for me kind of got my juices flowing & kind of made me want it more and felt like what it was lượt thích again," Wie said. "So I"m really looking forward khổng lồ the next tournament, and there"s a lot of positives to take from this week."

Top-ranked Yani Tseng finished 14 over, and still needs an mở cửa victory lớn complete a career Gr& Slam.

The afternoon belonged khổng lồ Choi, who was even through the front nine, making bogey on No. 1 và birdie on No. 4.

Then she found trouble.

It started on the par-5 10th hole, when she put her tee shot way left inlớn woods and deep rough. Choi was 8 under at that point -- five sầu strokes ahead of Yang, who was 3 under.

After a long delay for a fruitless search for her ball, she went bachồng to the 10th tee with a penalty. Choi wound up with a triple-bogey 8 và appeared khổng lồ be on the verge of unraveling. Yang made a par on No. 10, cutting Choi"s lead lớn 2 strokes.

Choi birdied No. 11 but got in trouble again on No. 12, putting her approach shot in the long rough short of the green. She managed lớn chip out of the rough and hit the green, then rolled in a putt of about 20 feet khổng lồ save par -- and, perhaps, her xuất hiện title.

Choi then came within inches of putting her tee shot in the water on No. 13, but her ball bounced to lớn safety -- appearing to lớn skip twice off of a wall that lined the water hazard -- and she made another par.

She then made birdies on No. 15 and 16.

After taking the lead with her big round on Saturday, Choi talked about how Pak"s dramatic 1998 victory was one of the main things that inspired her lớn success in golf. Choi recalled watching that tournament on television and remembered how it changed her goals, helping her dream of something bigger.


Pak, who finished at 4 over after a 71, was holing out on No. 18 at about the same time as Choi was finishing No. 9. But Pak intentionally stayed out of Choi"s way at the time.

"I don"t want her to lớn lose her focus, so I"m trying khổng lồ not give her (a) look," Pak said. "But you know, she"s already been there many times. She won five sầu times already, & of course, this is a little different than a regular sự kiện. But of course, having a lot of pressure herself, but she"s good enough khổng lồ be out there."

Pak is happy to hear that her victory in 1998 inspired so many people in her country.

"They were watching TV back then, & they didn"t know what"s going on in golf," Pak said. "And after I won the U.S. mở cửa, they"re watching this moment here, và they know what is golf and they think of their dreams."