Allisen Corpuz emerged victorious at the prestigious U.S. Women's Open held at Pebble Beach, marking a significant achievement for the 25-year-old golfer from Hawaii. Her win not only secured her first LPGA title but also made her the first American in two decades to claim the U.S. Women's Open as her inaugural victory.
Displaying composure beyond her years, Corpuz closed out the tournament with a remarkable 3-under 69 in the final round. She demonstrated her mettle by sinking a crucial par putt and following it up with back-to-back birdies on the back nine, creating a comfortable margin between her and her closest competitors. As she strolled along the iconic 18th fairway, with the majestic Pacific Ocean as her backdrop, Corpuz embraced her historic triumph as the inaugural U.S. Women's Open champion at Pebble Beach.
Her triumph was not without challenges, as Charley Hull (66) and Jiyai Shin (68) fiercely competed for the title, finishing three shots behind Corpuz. Nonetheless, it was Corpuz's consistent performance throughout the tournament that secured her the victory and the grand prize of $2 million, the highest ever awarded to an LPGA major champion.
Corpuz exuded an air of tranquility and confidence on the grand stage of women's golf, effortlessly navigating each shot and circumstance. However, as she made her way toward the 18th green, the weight of her accomplishment became evident as tears welled up in her eyes, prompting her to wipe them away with her Aloha-print towel.
It is worth noting that the last American to claim their first U.S. Women's Open victory was Hilary Lunke in 2003 at Pumpkin Ridge, achieved through a gripping three-way Monday playoff. Corpuz's dominant performance left her competitors with little opportunity to challenge her position. Even Nasa Hataoka, who initially held a one-shot lead, faltered early in the tournament, while Corpuz maintained her composure and showcased consistent play throughout all four days.
In the end, Corpuz finished the tournament with an impressive 9-under 279, remaining the only player to shoot under par for all four rounds. Her triumph at the U.S. Women's Open not only solidified her place in golfing history but also established her as a rising star in the world of women's golf, paving the way for a promising future.