How it Happened: Park wins U.S. Women's Open

Inbee Park during the final round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y.

So let's see, Inbee Park has won two majors this season already – one in convincing fashion, another in a playoff – and carries a four-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the U.S. Women's Open. Chalk up another one for the aforementioned convincing fashion.

By the time Park made her first bogey of the final round at Sebonack Golf Club – two back-to-back, in fact – she had expanded her lead to six shots. From there it was smooth sailing in the Hamptons en route to victory at 8 under par. And so it goes with the South Korean, any way you cut it: While Park isn't perfect, she's the World No. 1 for a reason.

I.K. Kim finished second and So Yeon Ryu third, the only other players under par.

In the battle for low amateur, Casie Cathrea fired the low number of the day, a 2-under 70, to pull away from Doris Chen and Lydia Ko.

Recap the highlights right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage of the Women's Open.

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Update No. 28: 5:41 p.m. EDT

With no worries or pressure, Inbee Park reaches the par-5 18th's green in regulation and lips out a birdie putt. The tap-in gives her the victory at 8 under.

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Update No. 27: 5:30 p.m. EDT

Pars again for leader Inbee Park and I.K. Kim at No. 17, with the margin at four shots as they head to the final hole of the day. If there were any doubts about Park holding on, they likely are about to be erased.

So Yeon Ryu pars No. 17 to remain 1 under as she heads to the last.

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Update No. 26: 5:21 p.m. EDT

After back-to-back bogeys, leader Inbee Park finds the green in regulation and gives herself a birdie chance of about 15 feet. It narrowly misses, but she ends the brief bogey slump and, with I.K. Kim's par, carries a four-shot lead to the 17th tee.

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Update No. 25: 5:10 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park needs two putts to wrap up the par-5 15th after reaching the green in four, dropping to 8 under. Her lead is four shots as I.K. Kim makes par.

Brittany Lang wraps up the second even-par 72 of the day, the other by amateur Lydia Ko, to finish at 2 over and head to the clubhouse at T-7.

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Update No. 24: 5:05 p.m. EDT

World No. 5 So Yeon Ryu birdies the par-5 15th to get to 1 under for the week, alone in third. Ryu is even par for the round.

Leader Inbee Park finds the first cut with her drive and the deep rough with her second shot on the par 5. She pitches out and hits her fourth shot on the green for a chance at par.

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Update No. 23: 4:54 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park bogeys No. 14 and drops to 9 under, her lead still comfortable at five strokes with four to go. Playing partner and second-place golfer I.K. Kim pars the hole to gain the stroke.

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Update No. 22: 4:43 p.m. EDT

Leader Inbee Park and second-place I.K. Kim par the 13th to remain 10 under and 4 under, respectively, atop the leaderboard.

Paula Creamer has about a 6-footer for par at the 15th that she makes to remain 1 over for the day, T-7 and 2 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 21: 4:38 p.m. EDT

Shanshan Feng's 70 ties amateur Casie Cathrea for the low round of the day. It's just one of four rounds finished under par, with Austin Ernst and Meena Lee shooting 71.

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Update No. 20: 4:19 p.m. EDT

Let's look again at the seven of the top 10 golfers in the Rolex Rankings who made the cut in this U.S. Women's Open:

  • Inbee Park: Leader, 10 under through 12
  • Stacy Lewis: T-42, 12 over after a 78
  • Na Yeon Choi: t-16, 7 over through 17
  • So Yeon Ryu: T-3, even par through 12
  • Shanshan Feng: T-9, 3 over after a 70
  • Karrie Webb: T-11, 4 over through 15
  • Ai Miyazato: T-11, 4 over through 14

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Update No. 19: 3:57 p.m. EDT

Well, this is turning into a rout, as Inbee Park drains a 15-footer on No. 10 to move to 10 under (even on the day) and is six ahead of I.K. Kim with eight holes to play.

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Update No. 18: 3:37 p.m. EDT

With her first birdie of the day, Inbee Park moves to 9 under at the turn, five ahead of I.K. Kim. Park bombed a drive at the par-4 9th, hit her second shot to 6 feet and she made her first one-putt of the day.

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Update No. 17: 3:27 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park's putter is a bit sluggish right now, missing a 4-footer on No. 7 for birdie, but maintains a four-shot lead over I.K. Kim, who has to get up-and-down from the bunker to save par at the par 5.

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Update No. 16: 3:09 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim will kick herself for this one.

After Inbee Park bogeys yet again, I.K. Kim misses a short putt for par and remains four off the lead, and is now only three shots ahead of Paula Creamer for second place.

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Update No. 15: 2:52 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park finally slips, but I.K. Kim can't take advantage.

Park moves to 1 over for the day with a bogey on No. 6, but Kim also bogeys the par-4, allowing Kim to keep her four-shot advantage. Park is the only player to record under-par rounds each of the first three days.

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Update No. 14: 2:22 p.m. EDT

And then there were three -- in red figures, that is.

Inbee Park has regained her four-shot advantage by opening with five consecutive pars, while I.K. Kim bogeys No. 5 to fall back to 6 under. Paula Creamer, who is 2 under on her round, is the only other player under par (1 under).

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Update No. 13: 1:56 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim will not go down without a fight, picking up birdie at No. 2 to cut Inbee Park's lead to three shots. Kim has hit 43 of 44 fairways on the week, but only 43 of 56 greens in regulation.

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Update No. 12: 1:51 p.m. EDT

It what is quickly becoming a race for second and third places, Jessica Korda moves to T-3 with her second birdie of the day, the latest at the par-4 4th. She is now one of five players in red figures on the tournament, but is nine shots back of Inbee Park.

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Update No. 11: 1:44 p.m. EDT

It's likely that 17 more of these will do the trick for Inbee Park, who pars No. 1 to start her round, maintaining her four-shot advantage over I.K. Kim.

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Update No. 10: 1:23 p.m. EDT

As we inch toward the final tee times at Sebonack, Paula Creamer opens her round with a birdie -- her first at No. 1 this week -- to move to even par. Jessica Korda, who made news by replacing her caddie mid-round on Saturday, also opened with a birdie to move to even.

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Update No. 9: 1:10 p.m. EDT

Casie Cathrea has secured low-amateur status after a 2-under 70 on Sunday pushed her to 9 over for the tournament, two shots better than Lydia Ko.

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Update No. 8: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Let's look at the top 10 golfers in the Rolex Rankings and where they stand in this U.S. Open:

  • Inbee Park: Leader, 10 under, 1:25 tee time
  • Stacy Lewis: T-41, 1 over through seven
  • Suzann Pettersen: Missed cut (76-78)
  • Na Yeon Choi: 18th, 5 over through four
  • So Yeon Ryu: T-4, 1 under, 1:14 tee time
  • Shanshan Feng: T-24, 7 over through 5
  • Yani Tseng: Missed cut (76-75)
  • Karrie Webb: T-14, 4 over through two
  • Jiyai Shin: Missed cut (76-78)
  • Ai Miyazato: T-8, 2 over, 12:52 tee time

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Update No. 7: 12:45 p.m. EDT

Maintaining the low round of the day, amateur Casie Cathrea is still 4 under with seven pars in as many holes on the back nine. Meena Lee, 3 under at one point, stumbled with a double bogey at No. 17 after an impressive 12 straight pars; she finished with a 71, T-35 at 10 over for the week.

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Update No. 7: 12:25 p.m. EDT

Austin Ernst cards the first under-par round of the day, signing for a 1-under 71 that improves her to T-53 at 14 over. Ernst had 14 straight pars before a bogey-birdie-par-birdie finishing stretch.

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Update No. 6: 11:57 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at the amateurs in the field today:

  • Casie Cathrea: T-26, 7 over after a 13
  • Doris Chen: T-43, 11 over through 13
  • Lydia Ko: T-49, 12 over through 14
  • Yueer Feng: T-57, 16 over through 16
  • Brooke Mackenzie Henderson: T-60, 19 over after a 77
  • Nelly Korda: T-66, 22 over through 17

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Update No. 5: 11:39 a.m.

With about four dozen golfers on the course, only six are under par today – and another nine at even par. Sebonack has allowed Casie Cathrea and Meena Lee to open strong in the final round, but it's tough on the rest of the field so far.

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Update No. 4: 10:57 a.m.

Casie Cathrea birdies again at No. 8, then bogeys No. 9; she's 4 under today as she makes the turn, T-33 at 7 over.

Meena Lee has seven straight pars since birdieing three of her first four holes. Lee is T-37, 8 over.

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Update No. 3: 10:31 a.m.

Casie Cathrea birdies again at No. 7, getting to 4 under for the day. Cathrea is T-32 at 7 over, and 4 shots ahead for low-amateur honors.

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Update No. 2: 10:10 a.m.

Natalie Gulbis, who opened with a 2-under 70 Thursday, bogeys her first two holes to drop to 10 over, T-48.

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Update No. 1: 9:58 a.m.

Amateur Casie Cathrea, an Oklahoma State commit, birdies again at No. 5 to rise to 8 over. Christina Kim and Hee Kyung Seo nab early birdies to rise to 7 over.

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Early risers

Meena Lee is 3 under through seven holes with birdies at Nos. 1, 3 and 4 to rise to T-40, 8 over for the week.

Casie Cathrea is 2 under through four holes with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4 to rise to T-46, 9 over for the week.

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Slow starters

Jackie Barenborg Stoelting is 7 over through 11 holes to drop to 68th, 22 over for the week.

Becky Morgan is 4 over through five holes to drop to T-60, 15 over for the week; Mo Martin also is 4 over today through two holes to drop to T-55, 13 over for the week.

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Weather conditions

There's a 30 percent chance of rain to start the day, according to weather.com, with that chance growing to 50 percent by afternoon. Temperatures shouldn't get out of the mid 70s, but humidity will be high and winds could be calmer than Saturday.

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Saturday coverage

• Park pulls away in familiar fashion to grow Open lead

At some point, the image of Inbee Park running away from an LPGA field, major or otherwise, begins to feel like deja vu. By day’s end, Park, with her 71, was the only player to sign for a round under par.

Notes: Salas' mindset at Open; Park's stats; more

Lizette Salas kindly signed for her small fans and smiled wide, keeping the crowd unaware of the painful 10-over 82 Salas shot in Round 3. Plus, Inbee Park's stats show why she dominates, and more notes.

Elder Korda, caddie part ways mid-round at U.S. Women's Open

Jessica Korda parted ways with her caddie after the ninth hole of the U.S. Women’s Open and promptly told her boyfriend to grab the bag.

How it Happened: Park grows lead at Open

Inbee Park doesn't do a lot of talking, but her play Saturday attracted the lion's share of the commentary as she chases a women's grand slam at Sebonack.

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Friday's coverage

5 Things: Park leads USWO; Kims trade places; more

The 2013 U.S. Women's Open on Friday turned into somewhat of a case of the haves and have-nots at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. While Inbee Park and I.K. Kim can boast low scores at 68 and 69 respectively, just eight golfers completed two rounds with a score under par.

How it Happened: Park moves out front as fog halts play

Inbee Park and I.K. Kim led the way for the second round before play was halted due to fog, as most of the field struggled to break par on a Sebonack course that toughened up.

Notes: Kim shines in morning wave; more

Stronger winds, faster greens and tougher pin placements contributed to higher scores Friday, but I.K. Kim – one of the thinkers on the LPGA – followed her opening 68 with a second-round 69.

Stanford in contention for first major victory

Five times an LPGA Tour winner, Angela Stanford's 68 on a tough Friday boosted her into contention to win her first career major. It was 10 years ago that the Texan, 35, came the closest to a U.S. Women’s Open victory.

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Thursday's coverage

Park exploits 'generous' Sebonack for 67, early lead

When Inbee Park stepped to Sebonack’s 10th tee early Thursday, she was greeted by a shockingly shortened U.S. Women’s Open setup. She took advantage.

How it Happened: Ha-Neul Kim takes first-round Open lead

Relatively few players managed to break par during the first round at Sebonack Golf Club, but Ha-Neul Kim and Inbee Park rose to the top of the leaderboard with low numbers.

Notes: Lewis likes role of chaser; Wie struggles; more

Stacy Lewis said she wouldn’t want to lead the U.S. Women’s Open after the first round. It’s too difficult, she said, to maintain that position for four days. But Michelle Wie would have liked to open with a round better than 80.

Backup plan on hold as Chile's Echeverria opens strong

“If you hit it good, you are in the right spot. You can use the slopes," said Paz Echeverria – playing in her first Women’s Open this week – after a 3-under 69 Thursday.

Henderson, 15, excited to be at her first U.S. Women's Open

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson is the kind of fresh air fans love about our national Open. She’s 15 years old, with dimples in her cheeks and excitement in her eyes. She’s serious about her first U.S. Women’s Open, but not serious enough to act like she owns the place.

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Preview coverage

Creamer, Park headline U.S. Women's Open predictions

Our dynamic tandem of Beth Ann Baldry and Julie Williams have been on the ground at Sebonack all week and thought they'd offer up their U.S. Women's Open predictions.

Hole by Hole: Sebonack Golf Club doesn't look its age

It’s Sebonack’s time to shine – a rare collaborative product of two of golf’s most iconoclastic designers, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. Here's a hole-by-hole preview of the host of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open.

Park's off-the-course happiness leads to on-course dominance

It’s difficult to get to know Inbee Park. Not because she’s unpleasant but simply because she’s not one to divulge much information without significant prodding. Even with her exceptional run this last year, she’s still somewhat of an unknown.

Karinn Dickinson takes unique route to U.S. Women's Open

Karinn Dickinson could have turned pro long ago, but the former University of Washington star chose to stay amateur to "grind on the game" and she feels more prepared for her pro future as a result.

USWO: Juli Inkster does some late work at Sebonack

After her participation in an early-week charity event in Rhode Island, Juli Inkster, 53, needed Wednesday's practice round, not for the repetition but because she was one of three players to land at Sebonack Golf Club mid-week.

Notes: Humble Lydia Ko sets eyes on a major record

With three professional titles under her belt, Lydia Ko now sets her sights on becoming the youngest player to ever win an LPGA major.

Park, Chen lead large USC contingent at U.S. Women's Open

Local favorite and NCAA champ Annie Park and USC teammate Doris Chen will try to remember their collegiate successes as they take on Sebonack at the U.S. Women's Open.

Baldry: Lewis is the everywoman of the U.S. Women's Open

Stacy Lewis still drives the same Lexus IS that she bought after a third in the 2008 U.S. Women's Open. Five years and plenty of success later, Lewis hasn't changed her economical ways.

Choi, seeking title defense, walks like a champion at Sebonack

Defending U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi says she will carry herself with good posture and confidence at Sebonack, taking the small signs of progress all season into this week's major championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn (shoulder) WDs from U.S. Women's Open

Ariya Jutanugarn never even made it to New York. Two days before the start of the U.S. Women’s Open, the 17-year-old remains on the West Coast with a sore shoulder, unable to make her first Women’s Open start as a professional.

Notes: Karrie Webb talks Sebonack; preparations differ; more

Karrie Webb, a two-time USWO champion, said the Jack Nicklaus-Tom Doak design didn’t favor one person. For those hitting it well, Webb said, there’s “a bit of freedom off the tee.”

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