These shots ring loud and true
The U.S. Women's Open is the biggest prize in women's golf, and it's brought out the best in players ranging from legends to one-tournament wonders.
With the 68th Women's Open taking place this week at Sebonack Golf Club on Long Island, N.Y., we take a look back at five fabulous shots over the past quarter-century at the tournament every LPGA player dreams of winning.
'Give it a good run'
Jenny Chuasiriporn, 1998
When amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn had last seen the leaderboard, Se Ri Pak, in the final pairing, was two strokes ahead of her. So when Chuasiriporn evaluated her putt of about 45 feet for birdie on the 72nd hole, she wasn't nervous. She didn't think it was for a chance to win.
Her older brother, Joey, was her caddie and had helped with her putting all week at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.
"Joey told me to get a sense of the speed of the putt, and he'd read the line," Chuasiriporn recalled. "He factored in the double-breaker and said, 'Just aim one foot left … give it a good run, why not?' That's exactly what I did. It tracked perfectly the whole way."
The crowd erupted when the ball fell in. Jenny covered her mouth in shock as she looked at Joey, who ran over for a hug and a hive-five.
Meanwhile, Pak bogeyed No. 17 and would par 18. So Chuasiriporn's unlikely birdie had forced an 18-hole playoff the next day.
"I know [that] night, I couldn't sleep," said Chuasiriporn, who was trying to become the second amateur to win the title. "I was thinking through the holes and writing in my journal ... 'This is crazy, I'm playing for the U.S. Open championship.'"
Chuasiriporn lost in 20 holes, then returned to finish her college career at Duke. She played professionally for a few years but found her true calling as a nurse. She doesn't golf anymore. But there will never be a discussion of great moments in U.S. Women's Open history that doesn't include Chuasiriporn's putt.
"[Her caddie] factored in the double-breaker, and said, 'Just aim one foot left ... give it a good run, why not?' That's exactly what I did. It tracked perfectly the whole way."
Chuasiriporn played professionally for a few years, then found her calling as a nurse.