DURHAM, N.C. (GoDuke.com & LPGA) – Duke University women’s golf two-time All-America Brittany Lang became the first Blue Devil to win a major championship as she won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open in a playoff at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., Sunday afternoon.
Lang, who had finished runner-up in 2005 as an amateur, won a three-hole aggregate playoff against Anna Nordqvist to win the championship.
Both Lang and Nordqvist netted pars on the first playoff hole, which was No. 16. On the par four 17th, each golfer registered a par, but after looking at Fox Sports television video, the United States Golf Association (USGA) ruled that Nordqvist grounded her club in the fairway bunker and was assessed a two-stroke penalty.
The two golfers were notified of the penalty on the fairway of the 18th hole. Lang, who hails from McKinney, Texas, went on to par the final playoff hole to win the title as Nordqvist suffered a bogey.
For the week, Lang turned in rounds of 68, 75, 68 and 71 for a four-day ledger of 282. She trailed Lydia Ko by three strokes heading into the final day, but Lang turned in a one-under-par score and Ko had a 75. Nordqvist shot a five-under, 67, on the final day of action to finish in a tie with Lang at 282.
Lang was a two-time All-America at Duke in 2004 and 2005. She was also the National Freshman of the Year in 2004, while leading the Blue Devils to back-to-back ACC Championships along with the 2005 NCAA Championship as a sophomore before turning professional.
It was Lang’s 12th appearance in the U.S. Open. The victory marked her second of Lang’s career as she also won the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Duke rising junior Leona Maguire also competed in the U.S. Open and missed the cut by one stroke with rounds of 74 and 75 for a 149. It was the first time Maguire has competed in the U.S. Open.