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Park: Pinehurst toughest U.S. Open ever

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Inbee Park called Pinehurst No. 2 the toughest setup of the nine venues she has played in this championship.

Park, the defending champion, closed with a 3-over-par 73. The Rolex world No. 2 was unable to break par in any round on the Donald Ross course. She finished overall at 13 over.

“I never played this bad in the Women's Open before,” Park said.

She wasn’t among the top 40 when she signed her scorecard. It’s her worst finish in her eight starts as a pro in the event. She missed the cut as an amateur in her first U.S. Women’s Open but never finished worse than T-26 as a pro.

“It played really tough for me because my ball releases a lot more on the greens, because I have a lower ball flight,” Park said. “So, it was tough to hold the greens. There were some holes where I couldn't. I didn't have any kind of shot in, I just had to try to hit it into the bank, try to jump it up. If you get unlucky you're done. It just wasn't my golf course.”

Park hit just 11 greens in regulation Sunday. She uncharacteristically took 33 putts on both Saturday and Sunday.

“Missed greens penalized me,” Park said. “I couldn't get it up and down from anywhere.”