Brittany Lang shot a final round 71 and outlasted Anna Nordqvist in a three hole aggregate playoff to capture the 71st U.S. Women’s Open Championship and in the process became the first player 30 or older to win the U.S. Women’s Open since Annika Sorenstam in 2006. Lang is the 12th player to win the U.S. Women’s Open in a playoff.
“Yeah, it’s pretty special,” Lang said. “I’ve always dreamed of winning the U.S. Open. I have so much respect for the USGA and for this tournament. And to see these players — I actually said something to somebody in Arkansas, and I just feel like I have extremely underachieved as a golfer. I feel like I’m so capable of doing so much more than I’ve done. And this is just a little start to boost me.”
Making the victory more special for Lang was being able to share it with her family who was were all in attendance including her brother Luke who was on the bag.
“It’s amazing,” Lang said. “When I won in Waterloo, Luke was there, which Luke is a crucial part of my success. But to have my family here, all of them, my mom, dad and my husband and Luke is an absolute dream come true to win this. And to have them here to celebrate, it’s really special.”
Lang needed a par on the 72nd hole to tie Nordqvist who was in the clubhouse after posting a final round 67 which moved her to 6-under for the championship.
In the playoff, Lang registered pars on the par-3 16th, par-4 17th and par-5 18th while Nordqvist pared 16 and then double bogeyed 17 after a ruling that she had grounded her club in a fairway bunker added two strokes to her par. A bogey on the last from Nordqvist paved the way for Lang to tap in for par and claim her first major championship.
“You know, Anna is such a great player, it’s so unfortunate to have something like that happen,” Lang admitted. “But, you know, she’s a classy girl, and I think the USGA handled it well. I’m thankful they told me before my wedge shot so I could take a little bit more club. But it’s just part of the game and it’s unfortunate.”