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Brittany Lang wins US Women's Open golf

Associated Press Associated Press 11/07/2016 By Josh Dubow

Eleven years after finishing runner-up as an amateur in her first US Women's Open, Brittany Lang won her maiden major title - with help from a playoff penalty against Anna Nordqvist.

Lang made par on all three holes of the aggregate playoff and Nordqvist was given a two-stroke penalty for touching the sand with her club in a fairway bunker on the second playoff hole on Sunday (Monday AEST), helping deliver the American the title.

The players were not told of the penalty until they were in the middle of playing the final hole after officials reviewed replays in the latest controversy at a USGA event.

Lang sealed the win with a short par putt on the final playoff hole, while Nordqvist made bogey to lose by three shots.

At last month's men's US Open, eventual winner Dustin Johnson played much of the final round not knowing if he would be penalised one stroke because his ball moved as he addressed it on the fifth green.

The penalty ended up proving moot as Johnson won by three shots.

The 30-year-old Lang shot a one-under 71 to finish with a six-under 282 for the tournament at CordeValle for her second win in 287 tournaments on the LPGA Tour.

"It was definitely a shame for Anna for it to come down to something like that," Lang, 30, said Lang.

"I am ecstatic, I feel for her but definitely it (the penalty) took a little bit of pressure off me. I can't believe it. It means absolutely everything."

Lang capitalised on a surprising final-round collapse by world No.1 and 54-hole leader Lydia Ko.

The world No.1 made a double-bogey seven on the ninth hole and shot three-over 75 on the day, finishing two shots off the lead in a four-way tie for third with Amy Yang, Sung Hyun Park and 2009 winner Eun Hee Ji.

Lang came on the scene as an amateur in 2005 when she finished tied for second at the US Women's Open at Cherry Hills.

But in more than a decade as a pro, Lang has won just one tournament, the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA.

After shooting a 75 in the second round to drop seven shots behind leader Park, this tournament didn't appear to be the one where she would have her breakthrough.

But she staged one of the best US comebacks in years, with her 36-hole deficit the biggest for any winner at the tournament since Betsy King came from nine shots back after two rounds to win in 1990.

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