PEBBLE BEACH (California) (AP). Allisen Corpuz is the first American to win the U.S. Women's Open in over 20 years. She closed with a 3-under 69 and handled her historic moment as if it was nothing new.
Corpuz, a Hawaiian 25-year old, was able to pull away from the field with a par putt, and birdies back-to back on the back nine. She then enjoyed the most picturesque walk in golf, up the 18th Fairway, with the Pacific Ocean at her side and her position as the first U.S. women's Open winner at Pebble Beach.
She was able to win by just three shots from Charley Hull (66), Jiyai (68) and won the prize of $2 million, the highest ever awarded for an LPGA Major Champion.
Corpuz, despite the fact that she had a three-shot advantage, was calm and cool as she walked towards the 18th hole. When it was all over, she wiped her tears away with an Aloha towel.
Hilary Lunke, in 2003, at Pumpkin Ridge in New York City was the last American woman to win her first U.S. Women's Open in a Monday three-way playoff.
Corpuz didn't give anyone much of a shot. Nasa Hataoka, 24, from Japan, lost her one-shot advantage on the first hole when Corpuz made her birdie approach at 5 feet.
Corpuz was the only player who broke par on all four days, finishing at 9-under-279.