Women's Golf

LPGA US Open 2012: Na Yeon Choi Reduces Sunday to a Personal Victory Lap

KOHLER, WI - JULY 07:  Na Yeon Choi of South Korea waits on the 16th green during the third round of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open on July 7, 2012 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2012

Like all great golf tournaments, the 2012 LPGA U.S. Open is scheduled to conclude on Sunday, but this baby was over on Saturday. Na Yeon Choi's dominance made sure of that. 

Despite playing in windy conditions and on a course difficult enough to be worthy of the U.S. Open it is hosting, Choi fired a seven-under 65 on Saturday to push her to eight-under for the tournament. 

Only four players have ever shot lower than a 65 in a U.S. Open, and that 65 was good enough to give her a six-stroke lead, with only one golfer in second.

Amy Yang sits alone at two-under, and then there are three players tied at one-under, which means just five players are under par for the tournament. It is like Choi is playing on a different course, or at least from closer tees. 

No one has ever blown a six-stroke lead in the final round of this event, and Choi certainly isn't going to be the first.

Choi, 24, is playing far too good to let that happen. And, while she is not the most decorated player on the Tour, she certainly is no stranger to pressure and bright lights. Choi has won five LPGA events, and she was also second in the 2010 U.S. Open. 

On a course where it is difficult to make birdies, the field has to hope that a leader comes back to them, and Choi does not have six shots worth of self-destruction in her steady game. She will be the LPGA's latest major champion. 

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