Diaz-Yi wins Women's Publinx by record margin


Lauren Diaz-Yi ended her week in style at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, winning the 36-hole final in a rout, 10 & 9, over co-medalist Doris Chen.

The margin of victory is the largest in the 37-year history of the event, surpassing Jennifer Song's 7 & 6 win over Kimberly Kim in 2009. The Women's Public Links transitioned to a 36-hole final format in 2002.

Diaz-Yi, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., will now head to the University of Virginia this fall with a USGA trophy by her side. The 18-year-old never trailed during the championship match, building a 4-up advantage after nine holes that she increased to 6-up by the time the morning round was complete.

Chen, from Bradenton, Fla., was looking to add the Public Links title after helping USC to an NCAA team title earlier this year. She shared medalist honors this week with Trojan teammate Annie Park, carding two rounds of 4-under 68 at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. A winner of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in 2010, Chen was unable to keep pace with Diaz-Yi in Saturday's final, making just one birdie across the 27-hole match.

Beginning the afternoon with a sizeable lead, Diaz-Yi built on her momentum by winning four of the first five holes in the second round to stake herself to a 10-up lead after just 23 holes. Each of the next four holes were halved, resulting in the record final margin of 10 & 9 in Diaz-Yi's favor.