A dream come true’: Inside Allisen Corpuz’s surprising U.S. Women’s Open win

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Allisen Corpuz plays golf with all the expressiveness of a yogi in meditation. Her emotion-free body language on Sunday at a major is indiscernible from how she looks in a Tuesday practice round. At times, it’s fair to wonder if she even has a pulse.

That demeanor was apparent on Sunday at Pebble Beach — from her first tee shot to her final putt.

When Corpuz finally did hole out on the 18th green, cementing her three-shot victory at the 78th U.S. Women’s Open, her steely exterior finally cracked. Tears flowed down her cheeks as she embraced her caddie and was doused with water by her fellow pros. As Corpuz walked off the green, she grabbed a towel from her bag to dry her face.

“My mind is racing,” she said. “This is really a dream come true.”

With her win at Pebble, Corpuz, who is 25, becomes the first American winner of the U.S. Women’s Open since 2016 and the first U.S. player in 20 years to make the U.S. Women’s Open her first LPGA title. The victory vaults her to the top of the U.S Solheim Cup standings and also makes her the first woman to win a major at Pebble Beach.

Sitting in the press tent with the Harry S. Semple Trophy beside her, Corpuz offered a frank assessment of the biggest win of her young career:

“I never thought I would get this far.”

Corpuz may not have foreseen this victory, but she’d been building toward a moment like this for much of her life.

In the final round, there was little doubt of who was the best player on the golf course. Corpuz began her day with birdies on two of her first three holes to take the outright lead, and she never relinquished it (despite a spirited charge by Charley Hull). She added circles to her card on Nos. 7, 10, 13 and 15, the final of which featured an ever-so-slight fist pump.

“I think that was the moment when I kind of knew,” Corpuz said. “Like, I just need to get home.”

Corpuz had little trouble in that mission. She dropped a shot at the par-3 17th, but with pars on 16 and 18, she put the finishing touches on her maiden major — and LPGA victory — and became the only player to register top-15 finishes in the first three majors of the season.

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Rickie Fowler survives three-way playoff for dramatic win at 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Rickie Fowler buried a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win a battle with Adam Hadwin and Collin Morikawa in Detroit and end a four-year victory drought at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

“I knew it was just a matter of time with the way I was playing,” said Fowler, who notched his sixth career PGA Tour title.

It had been 1,610 days, or 4 years, 4 months, 29 days since his last win at the 2019 WM Phoenix Open, the longest victory drought of his Tour career.

Ten months ago, he was ranked No. 185 in the Official World Golf Ranking and barely qualified for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Late last year, Fowler returned to working with his former instructor Butch Harmon and his game has made steady progress. He entered this week having finished in the top 20 in 12 of his 15 starts this year.

“It’s tough when you’re struggling for that long of a period of time,” said Fowler, noting that his play was building to this victory. “How I’ve played is some of the best if not the best I’ve felt about my game and on the course really ever.”

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With fans chanting his name, the 37-year-old walked up to his ball on the 18th green, sank a 2-foot par putt and threw his arms into the air and let out a yell. He finished three shots ahead of Zac Blair, who shot 62, and Brian Harman, who closed with a 64.

“This is for all the kids who grew up in New England and had to endure the winters and watch other people play golf,” said Bradley, who was born in Vermont and also lived in Massachusetts. “I am just so proud to win this tournament.”

Bradley had only made one bogey for the week before dropping three shots in his final six holes as the nerves seemed to get to him at the PGA Tour even he said he most wanted to win. This was his sixth Tour victory and second this season; he won the Zozo Championship in Japan in October.

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Wyndham Clark (-10) Wins U.S. Open By 1 Shot For His 1st Career Major

Clark, who was ranked 293rd in the Official World Golf Ranking a year ago and had never finished better than a tie for 75th in a major championship, held off Rory McIlroy, world No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler and Rickie Fowler in the final round to win the 123rd U.S. Open at the Los Angeles Country Club.

Clark, from Denver, carded an even-par 70 on Sunday. His 10-under total of 270 was 1 stroke ahead of McIlroy, who failed to end a nearly nine-year major championship drought.

"I feel like I belong on this stage, and even two, three years ago when people didn't know who I was, I felt like I could still play and compete against the best players in the world," Clark said. "I felt like I've shown that this year."

Clark opened up a 3-shot lead over McIlroy with four holes to play. Then Clark made back-to-back bogeys to trim it to 1. McIlroy could manage no better than par in his final five holes, leaving Clark to win it on his own.

On the par-4 18th hole, Clark hit his tee shot down the right side of the fairway. His second shot was short of the green, leaving him 59 feet, 9 inches to the hole. With a gallery of hundreds of fans gathering on the fairway behind him, he calmly two-putted for the victory. He buried his head in his hands and hugged his caddie, John Ellis.

 

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Nick Taylor drains insane 72-foot eagle to become first countryman to win RBC Canadian Open in 69 years

For the first time in 69 years, a Canadian has won his national open. Nick Taylor leaned on his fellow countrymen willing him to victory and became a Canadian legend in the process, finishing at 17 under at Oakdale Golf & Country Club and defeating Tommy Fleetwood with an eagle on the fourth playoff hole -- the par-5 18th. 

With his dramatics, Taylor captured his third career title on the PGA Tour but the first of this magnitude. His fellow Canadians swarmed up — players and fans alike — and put the finishing touches on what can only be described as a win for the entire country.

"I'm speechless. This is for all the guys that are here. This is for my family at home. ... I'm very speechless. This is the most incredible feeling ever," said Taylor moments after sinking the putt. "I had a similar lie on the second playoff hole. I knew it was going to be slow with how much rain we've had. I wanted to get as [close as] I can because Tommy, I thought he was going to make it for that to go in. It's unbelievable. I don't know what to say."

After opening with a 3-over 75 and sitting in a tie for 120th, Taylor clawed his way back into the tournament over the next 54 holes. A course-record 63 on Moving Day gave him an outside chance to make history and put him just three off the pace of the leader C.T. Pan with 18 holes to play.

Four birdies across his first seven holes turned a dream into a reality as Taylor started to seize control of the tournament. Shouts of "Taylor! Taylor! Taylor!" began to fill the property as he made the turn towards the inward half.

A birdie from the blade of the Canadian on the 10th gave Taylor a three-stroke lead with eight holes to play. It felt like the curse had been lifted and a nice stroll to the winner's circle was in order. However, just then did Taylor's grip begin to tighten. A 3-putt bogey on the 11th saw his lead drop to one, and with Tyrrell Hatton imposing his will on the back nine, the tournament once again was up for grabs.

Hatton would post the clubhouse lead at 16 under and was soon matched by his countryman, Aaron Rai. Fleetwood kept pace with a 20-foot birdie conversion on the 11th, and Taylor remained steady during an otherwise uncomfortable time. A clutch birdie on the 17th green saw Taylor return to 16 under after a bogey on the previous hole, and a right-to-left bender on the par-5 closer gave the Canadian one last birdie and the clubhouse lead at 17 under.

 

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