The 2013 U.S. Women's Open has been completed, as Inbee Park has won the event with a cumulative score of 8-under par. This marks Park's third consecutive major victory, thus securing her spot atop the realm of women's golf.
It was a dominant display that led to a four-stroke victory and the opportunity to make history.
In-Yung Kim finished in second at 4-under par, while Paula Creamer was one of the many rounding out the top five with a tie for fourth at 1-over par.
|Rank||Player||Score||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total|
|3.||So Yeon Ryu||-1||73||69||73||72||287|
|T-4||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||+1||70||69||74||76||289|
Leaderboard provided by LPGA.com.
Inbee Park Continues Chase of History
Twenty-four-year-old Inbee Park has dominated women's golf in 2013, taking home the first two majors. With nothing but history between her and three straight major victories, Park finished the first three rounds of the U.S. Open with a four-stroke lead at 9-under par.
All that stood between her and a place among the legends was an epic collapse—she didn't allow that to happen.
All that's left for Park to complete the single-season grand slam is the British Open, where she finished second in 2012.
Park struggled during the final round of play, shooting 2-over par with four bogeys and two birdies. Fortunately, she was so invincible through the opening three rounds that those struggles simply determined her final score, not the outcome.
Yet another brilliant display by Park.
In-Kyung Kim Can't Catch Up
Entering the final round of play, the only player within a reasonable distance of Inbee Park was In-Kyung Kim. Resting four strokes back of the lead, Kim was in prime position to make a run and stun the world by winning the U.S. Open.
It just wasn't meant to be.
This marks the third time that Kim has finished third or better at the U.S. Open.
Kim started out strong, posting scores of 68 and 69 in the opening two rounds of play. With a bogey-filled 73 in the third round, however, the door was opened for the South Korean to either stumble out of the top five or make a run at Inbee Park.
She did neither, posting a closing round 74 and scoring par on her final 11 holes to finish at 4-under par and at second overall.
Perhaps no player stumbled quite as significantly as Jodi Ewart Shadoff during the closing round of play. While she may have been a full seven strokes behind Inbee Park, she was at 3-under par and within striking distance of both the lead and a second-place finish.
Instead, she shot 4-over par and thus stumbled to 1-over par for a fourth-place finish. The silver lining?
It was the best of her career.
Even still, it was an excellent tournament from the British star.
Paula Creamer, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, finished in a tie with Ewart Shadoff and Angela Stanford for fourth overall. She finished the fourth round at an even 72, making three birdies to counteract a double-bogey and a bogey.
Plain and simple, Creamer solidified her status as one of the best in the world with a consistent outing on a very difficult course.