Round 4 Notable and Quotable July 12, 2015 | Lancaster, Pa. By Ron Driscoll, USGA

A terrific weekend lifted Brooke Henderson into a tie for fifth, her second straight top-10 performance in the U.S. Women's Open. (USGA/Hunter Martin)
  • First time the charm: “I think it was about 10 years ago when Birdie Kim won the U.S. Open by making a great bunker shot. That's when I saw the U.S. Open for the first time on TV.” – In Gee Chun, who like Kim, won the Women’s Open in her first attempt
  • Familiar face: “Since I got here, I met some people who recognized me, and I felt really thrilled. I enjoyed it a lot. After this win, more people will probably recognize me, and that will be another driving force for me.” – In Gee Chun
  • In Gee Chun’s total of 272 matched the 72-hole scoring record for the U.S. Women’s Open. Annika Sorenstam (1996) and Juli Inkster (1999) also shot 272. At 20 years, 11 months, 2 days old, Chun is the third-youngest champion.
  • Chun’s 66 ties the second-lowest final-round score by a Women’s Open champion. Meg Mallon shot 65 in 2004. Three other winners have shot 66, most recently Juli Inkster in 2002.
  • “It didn’t go as well as I thought, but I learned another great lesson here. And it’s going to make me a better player, improve my game.” – Amy Yang, who finished as the Women’s Open runner-up for the second time
  • Michelle Wie’s 11th-place finish is the best finish by a defending champion since Juli Inkster finished eighth in 2003.
  • Brooke Henderson, of Canada, tied for the third-best score on Saturday (68) and for the best score on Sunday (66) to finish in a tie for fifth place. She began the weekend tied for 44th place at 3 over par, one stroke inside the cut line.
  • The course played the easiest it had all week, at a stroke average of 70.89. No. 16 on Sunday was the easiest hole of the week by far, with the drivable, 235-yard par 4 yielding 3 eagles, 35 birdies, 22 pars and just 3 bogeys. The par-5 seventh, at 469 yards, played to a 4.76 stroke average, the second-easiest of the day. There were 26 birdies, 29 pars, 5 bogeys and 3 double bogeys on the hole.
  • Five of the six toughest holes for the week were consecutive. Nos. 8 through 12 ranked in order as the No. 2, No. 1, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 hardest holes of the championship. No. 9 yielded the fewest birdies for the week (22), just ahead of the par-4 18th, which allowed 23 birdies and was bogeyed by both of the top two finishers, In Gee Chun and Amy Yang.      
  • Lewis’ lament: “I knew I was tied for the lead [on the 15th tee], knew where I stood there. Just trying to hit a good drive, and probably hit the worst drive of the week. Just a bad swing. That’s the one I wish I could have over again.” – Stacy Lewis, who double-bogeyed No. 15 and finished in a tie for third
  • Low amateur Megan Khang, of Rockland, Mass., tied for 35th place. Her 72-hole total of 285 is tied with four players for the second-lowest score by an amateur in the championship’s history, behind Grace Park’s 283 in 1999.
  • The total weekly attendance was a record 134,016, bettering the previous mark of 131,298 in 2005 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
  • Lancaster love, take 1: “It’s fun to hear roars from all over the golf course. Yesterday I was on the first hole when I heard the cheer for the hole-in-one on 6. It kind of gave me chills, because it was so loud and there were so many people there watching it. It’s very special to play in front of these kind of crowds that really, really love us being here.” – Morgan Pressel, who finished tied for fifth place
  • Lancaster love, take 2: “Over the weekend, it was just amazing. There were roars everywhere on so many holes. And the last hole was just great. You really want to hit a great shot into the last green because there were so many people rooting for you.” – Two-time champion Inbee Park, who tied for third place

Ron Driscoll is the manager of editorial services for the USGA. Email him at rdriscoll@usga.org.

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