Brittany Lang had won her first major championship, winning the 2016 U.S. Women's Open title in a three-hole aggregate playoff against Anna Nordqvist after Nordqvist incurred a two-stroke penalty for grounding her club in a sand bunker on the second playoff hole.
As if the circumstances of her win weren't odd enough, Lang then came to the 18th green for the trophy presentation at CordeValle. It was there where USGA president Diana Murphy called the "U.S. Women's champion" by the name Bethany. Murphy at first didn't seem to notice the mistake.
It seemed someone in the gallery shouted to Murphy to correct the mistake.
While Lang managed to win the biggest tournament in women's golf, the manner in which she was assured the win and the trophy presentation left a lot to be desired.
Murphy later apologized for the mistakes in a statement.
"I would like to apologize to the 2016 U.S. Women's Open champion, Brittany Lang. During the prize presentation, I mistakenly called her by the wrong name repeatedly," Murphy said. "I have expressed my regret to Brittany personally and explained that in the heat of the moment, I became nervous and made these mistakes. I appreciate her understanding, and I am sorry that what I said may have taken away from a historic moment for a very deserving champion."
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