Talley secures Women's Am title

8:59 PM, Aug 11, 2013   |    comments
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Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Emma Talley outlasted Yueer Cindy Feng, 2 & 1, in Sunday's 36-hole final to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

Talley, 19, took the lead for good on the 28th hole at the Country Club of Charleston, draining a 15-foot birdie putt to go 1-up. The University of Alabama sophomore briefly went 2-up with a par at the next, but she gave that shot back with a 3-putt bogey at the 31st.

The margin remained one until the 35th hole, where Talley found the green off the tee and 2-putted for par. Feng, who was looking to become the first Chinese-born player to claim a USGA title, found the left fringe off the tee and sent her birdie attempt six feet past. When the 17-year-old missed the comebacker for par, Talley had her 2 & 1 victory.

Neither player was able to distance herself over the first 18 holes.

Talley went 1-up at the first when Feng 2-putted for bogey, but she couldn't increase her lead, lipping out a birdie putt at the third and a par putt at the sixth.

Feng squared the match with a par at the seventh, then went 1-up at the next when Talley stumbled to her third straight 3-putt bogey.

At the par-4 13th, Feng drained a 60-foot birdie putt to halve the hole, but she couldn't seize the momentum, and the lead continued to change hands.

Talley squared the match with a par at the next, before Feng went back up by one with a birdie at the 15th. At the 17th, Tally answered with a birdie to again pull even, then drained a 6-footer for birdie to go 1-up entering the break.

When the pair returned to the course, Talley unfurled the first sustained run of the final, draining a 15-foot birdie putt at the 20th hole and parring the 22nd to go 3-up.

Fittingly, Feng answered, winning three straight holes to again square things through 25 holes.

The match remained tied until the 28th, where Talley grabbed the lead for good with her 15-foot birdie roll.

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