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Allisen Corpuz Claims First LPGA Title at US Women’s Open in Pebble Beach

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Allisen Corpuz US Women's Open victory

In a stunning display of skill and poise, Allisen Corpuz emerged victorious at the renowned Pebble Beach, winning the US Women’s Open. This is her first-ever win on the LPGA Tour.

Despite never having won before on the tour, and constantly being reminded of the historic significance of the event – the first time the U.S. Women’s Open has been held at Pebble Beach – Corpuz remained undeterred and unbroken. She marvelled at the awe-inspiring venue, noting, “I’m here at Pebble Beach. There’s not many places that are better than this.”

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Corpuz’s performance was nothing short of phenomenal. She outshone her competitor, Nasa Hataoka, and confidently seized a three-shot victory on Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69. This significant achievement made her the first American in two decades to mark her maiden LPGA title at the U.S. Women’s Open – and at the illustrious Pebble Beach at that.

The 25-year-old native of Hawaii maintained an unruffled demeanor throughout the match. Reality only seemed to hit her as she established a three-shot lead on the 18th fairway – a route previously conquered by legendary U.S. Open champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach.

Grateful for the opportunity and the momentous occasion, Corpuz reflected, “Twenty, 30 years from now, I think just the fact that it’s a U.S. Open means a lot to me. But knowing that it’s at Pebble makes it even sweeter.”

She finished three shots ahead of Charley Hull (66) and Jiyai Shin (68), securing the $2 million prize, the highest ever awarded in an LPGA major championship.

Upon making her final par, Corpuz broke into a wide smile and promptly covered it as she was overcome by tears of joy. The congratulatory message she received from former President Barack Obama, a fellow Punahou School alumnus, on Twitter was the icing on the cake.

Corpuz expressed her awe at the win, “This week has felt like a dream come true.” She made history by becoming the only player to break par on all four days of the tournament. The last American to record her first win at the U.S. Women’s Open was Hilary Lunke back in 2003 at Pumpkin Ridge, during a three-way Monday playoff.

Corpuz’s strong performance kept her competitors at bay, including Hataoka who lost her one-shot lead in the opening hole. As Corpuz and Hataoka entered the back nine tied, Corpuz hit an approach shot just within 10 feet for a birdie on the 10th, a crucial turning point in the match.

Her lead only widened from there, culminating in her victory at Pebble Beach, a moment not only of personal triumph but a testament to the rich history and potential of women’s golf.

Echoing the significance of the moment, Shin expressed, “This course has a great history, and then finally the women’s history is in.” Corpuz, along with Michelle Wie West, now holds the distinction of being the only major champions from Hawaii.

Corpuz spoke of her admiration for Wie West, calling her a role model, and expressing the desire to make her own name in golf. She participated in her 19th USGA championship, where her disciplined approach and unwavering concentration paid off immensely.

“She’s always been calm, cool and… I won’t say serious, but she just plodded along. She was sort of a giant killer,” commented Mary Bea Porter King, a pioneer of junior golf in Hawaii and a key figure in the game.

Corpuz’s impressive win at Pebble Beach marks the start of an exciting journey in her golf career, solidifying her position as a new force to reckon with on the green.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Allisen Corpuz US Women’s Open victory

Who won the US Women’s Open at Pebble Beach?

Allisen Corpuz emerged as the winner of the US Women’s Open at Pebble Beach.

Was this Allisen Corpuz’s first LPGA title?

Yes, the US Women’s Open victory at Pebble Beach marked Allisen Corpuz’s first LPGA title.

How did Allisen Corpuz perform in the tournament?

Allisen Corpuz displayed exceptional skill and composure, finishing the tournament at 9-under 279 and being the only player to break par all four days.

What is the significance of this win?

Corpuz became the first American in 20 years to claim the US Women’s Open as her first LPGA title. Additionally, winning at Pebble Beach, a historic venue, adds to the significance of her victory.

How much was the prize money for the US Women’s Open?

Allisen Corpuz received the richest-ever prize for an LPGA major champion, totaling $2 million.

Did Allisen Corpuz break any records?

Yes, Corpuz broke Michelle Wie West’s record as the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at the age of 10.

How did Allisen Corpuz handle the pressure?

Allisen Corpuz remained calm and focused throughout the tournament, exhibiting unwavering concentration and poise.

Are there any notable competitors in the tournament?

Charley Hull and Jiyai Shin finished as runners-up, while Nasa Hataoka had a strong performance before faltering on the back nine.

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