2023 US Women Open: Corpuz Wins Her 1st Major

2023 US Women Open: Corpuz Wins Her 1st Major

World number 29 Allisen Corpuz stunned the world of golf as she powered clear of her rivals to win this 2023 US Women Open. Despite the US Open’s rich history, this was the first time that the tournament was played on the iconic links of Pebble Beach.

With the wind gusting throughout the week, the challenge was tough with only seven players finishing the week under par – making Corpuz’s winning total of -9 even more spectacular.

Favorites fail to fire as Corpuz keeps composure to win first Major title.

Despite never having lifted an LPGA title, it’s clear that Allisen Corpuz lives for the big stage.

Her best results of 2023 have come in the LPGA’s biggest events with the Hawaiian posting top five finishes in both the HSBC Women’s World Championship and Chevron Championship – she even led the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship before falling away in the final round to finish in a tie for fifteenth.

Clearly buoyed by those experiences, Corpuz played some steady golf to find herself one shot behind third round leader Nasa Hataoka as she teed off for the final round.

Able to keep calm and composed, Corpuz got her final round off to a brilliant start as she was able to birdie the first and third holes to jump into the lead.

Winning major titles isn’t easy and Corpuz would drop a shot on the tricky 4th hole before responding with a brilliant birdie on the short par 3, 7th.

Making the turn level with Hataoka, Corpuz would stretch away from her rival with three birdies across the first six holes on the back nine. Whilst Corpuz was making birdies, Hataoka was starting to feel the pressure.

With her driving and putting deserting her, Hataoka eventually succumbed to the pressure and her hopes of winning a first major were ended when she dropped five shots over a six-hole stretch.

With the Japanese star out of the picture, Corpuz’s nearest challenger came in the shape of Britain’s Charley Hull. Inconsistency is Hull’s greatest nemesis but when she is striking the ball cleanly, there are few better sights on the LPGA Tour.

Getting her round off to a hot start, Hull would continue that momentum and go onto record the lowest round of the week.

Although she leapfrogged all the way into second place, Corpuz was always just a little too far ahead and was never in any danger of relinquishing her lead.

With a three-stroke lead heading up the last, Corpuz was able to truly enjoy the moment. Ensuring she kept her ball out of trouble, she popped in the winning putt and with it netted the $2,000,000 first place prize – the largest sum ever awarded on the LPGA Tour.

Ahead of the week all eyes were on new US sensation Rose Zhang. The holder of the women’s course record at Pebble Beach, Zhang got off to a slow start with her first-round performance all but ending her chances.

Zhang showed her undoubted class as she bounced back nicely to finish in a tie for 9th.

There is no doubt that Zhang’s time will come, but for this week it’s Corpuz’s time to shine.

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