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Winners and losers from a long Women’s U.S. Open week

Shane Bacon
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The 2011 Women's U.S. Open will be remembered for a lot of things, but most notably the weather. It was a long five days for the players, but it didn't disappoint, and left us with some great winners and some disappointing losers.

Winners

So Yeon Ryu -- When you birdie the 18th hole three days in a row, and then make two birdies in a three-hole playoff to win, you're going to make the winners list. You might not know a ton about Ryu (the youngster doesn't even have a Wikipedia page ... even our Jay Busbee has one of those), but the way she closed after a long, tough week shows that she could be a factor for a very long time.

Korean golf -- It's not bad when both the girls in the three-hole playoff reside from South Korea, and Se Ri Pak, basically the founding father to golf in that country, is on hand to watch and cheer both players on. Say what you want about the international aspect of the LPGA, but when Korea is producing the best talent, it deserves the respect.

Paula Creamer -- Sure, you don't expect to be praising the defending champion for tying for 15th, but Creamer still is one of the most popular players on tour, and sure seems to always bring it in the big events. Like Paula said when she finished on Monday, if the putter had showed up, things might have been different, but you have to respect her fighting nature and the fact that she loves the spotlight.

Losers

Stacy Lewis -- Did Lewis read Steve Marino's playbook before the weekend kicked off or what? Lewis was atop the leaderboard at the Broadmoor and looked set to claim her second major of the season, but weekend rounds of 79-75 doomed her, and dropped her all the way down to a tie for 34th.

Michelle Wie's putting -- Someone get Dave Stockton on the phone, and stat! Wie's putting was abysmal in Colorado Springs, needing 35 putts or more in three of her four rounds, and averaging 34.75 putts per round (in case you were wondering, that's just under a two-putt per hole). We know Wie can hit the ball with the best of 'em, but if she wants to contend in another major, she's going to have to figure out that flatstick.

The weather -- I guess you could say this isn't the USGA's year. At Congressional the weather forced the golf course to play like the Bob Hope (well, it did for Rory McIlroy), and in Colorado it forced the tournament to go on like one of those week-long cricket matches. It just never seemed to let up, and by the time it ended on Monday morning, everyone looked ready to get to Denver International as fast as possible.

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