Lang wins Women’s Open after Nordqvist penalty

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — Brittany Lang won her first career major at the U.S. Women’s Open when Anna Nordqvist touched the sand with her club in a bunker for a two-stroke penalty in the three-hole aggregate playoff on Sunday.

The penalty occurred on the second hole of the playoff and was not delivered to the players until they were on the final hole after officials reviewed replays in the latest controversy at a USGA event. Lang sealed the win with a short par putt on the final playoff hole, while Nordqvist made bogey to lose by three shots.

At last month’s U.S. Open, eventual winner Dustin Johnson played much of the final round not knowing if he would be penalized one stroke because his ball moved as he addressed it on the fifth green.

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