Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Emma Talley outlasted Yueer Cindy Feng, 2 &
1, in Sunday's 36-hole final to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
Talley, 19, took the lead for good on the 28th hole at the Country Club of
Charleston, draining a 15-foot birdie putt to go 1-up. The University of
Alabama sophomore briefly went 2-up with a par at the next, but she gave that
shot back with a 3-putt bogey at the 31st.
The margin remained one until the 35th hole, where Talley found the green off
the tee and 2-putted for par. Feng, who was looking to become the first
Chinese-born player to claim a USGA title, found the left fringe off the tee
and sent her birdie attempt six feet past. When the 17-year-old missed the
comebacker for par, Talley had her 2 & 1 victory.
Neither player was able to distance herself over the first 18 holes.
Talley went 1-up at the first when Feng 2-putted for bogey, but she couldn't
increase her lead, lipping out a birdie putt at the third and a par putt at
Feng squared the match with a par at the seventh, then went 1-up at the next
when Talley stumbled to her third straight 3-putt bogey.
At the par-4 13th, Feng drained a 60-foot birdie putt to halve the hole, but
she couldn't seize the momentum, and the lead continued to change hands.
Talley squared the match with a par at the next, before Feng went back up by
one with a birdie at the 15th. At the 17th, Tally answered with a birdie to
again pull even, then drained a 6-footer for birdie to go 1-up entering the
When the pair returned to the course, Talley unfurled the first sustained run
of the final, draining a 15-foot birdie putt at the 20th hole and parring the
22nd to go 3-up.
Fittingly, Feng answered, winning three straight holes to again square things
through 25 holes.
The match remained tied until the 28th, where Talley grabbed the lead for good
with her 15-foot birdie roll.
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