October 14, 2012
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2012 Final Round: Inbee Park is the New Champion
by Lim Teik Huat@http://www.thestar.com.my
Top Finishers at Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2012
1. 269 – Park Inbee (KOR) 69-68-65-67
2. 271 – Choi Na-Yeon (KOR) 65-67-68-71
3. 272 – Karrie Webb (AUS) 65-71-68-68
4. 273 – Catriona Matthew (SCO) 68-68-70-67
5.274 – Ryu So-Yeon (KOR) 68-73-67-66
6.275 – Lindsey Wright (AUS) 70-66-72-67, Paula Creamer (USA) 69-67-70-69
7.276 – Jessica Korda (USA) 68-71-73-64
8. 277 – Candie Kung (TPE) 70-71-71-65, Lizette Salas (USA) 68-67-76-66, Ariya Jutanugarn (THA-Amateur) 69-72-67-69, Mika Miyazato (JPN) 66-69-71-71, Ai Miyazato (JPN) 68-69-68-72
9. 278 – Yoo Sun-Young (KOR) 66-70-72-70, Azahara Munoz (ESP) 71-71-67-69
South Korean golfer Inbee Park (left) had a birdie binge in her first five opening holes on the back nine to thank for helping her win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Sunday.
Inbee, the current LPGA Money List leader and winner of the U.S. Women’s Open in 2008, denied compatriot Na Yeon Choi from a successful defence of the title She finished with a four-under 67 to win by a two-stroke margin on 15-under (269)
It was 24-year-old Inbee’s second title of the season. She received a cheque for US$285,000 but more importantly, she kept the winning streak for South Korea in this championship. Jimin Kang was the winner of the inaugural title here in 2010.
Inbee became a major winner earlier this season when she won the Evian Masters for her third-career victory. Na-yeon, who won the title by one stroke last year, settled for the runner-up cheque for US$179,747 after she only managed a 71 on the final day to finish with a total of 13-under 271.
Hall of Famer Australian Karrie Webb finished third with a three-under 68 on a total of 12-under 272, her best finish of the season so far.
It was all over for Na-yeon as she double bogeyed on the par-three 17th and any chance of her joining Yani Tseng of Taiwan as the second golfer to successfully defend a title this season.
There were anxious moments for Inbee, however, as she dropped one shot on the 17th and her tee-shot from the 18th flew straight into the bunker.
However, she managed to contain the damage to just one bogey and relief was written all over her face as she walked back to the clubhouse.
Inbee took over the lead after making birdies on 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th as Na-yeon struggled to keep to the fairways.
“I am very happy to win the second time, the first time I done this in my career.I was nervous coming to the 17th and 18th as I knew I was leading and it was tough from there.It’s a bogey-bogey finish but very happy still to win the tournament.I had to play good on the final day to win every time I won so far,” said Inbee.
On her strategy, Inbee said she had to put up a similar performance as in the third round where she shot a six-under 65 to move to second on the leaderboard.
“I need to go really low to win and playing aggressive helped me and got me the birdies. My golf has improved a lot, hitting, chipping and putting.
World number one Yani Tseng tied for 49th spot with a 71 for her total of five-over 289.World number two Stacy Lewis (left) of United States put up a three-under 68 for a share of 19th spot on four-under 280.
The LPGA Tour continues its Asian swing with the HanaBank Championship scheduled for this weekend in South Korea, followed by stops in Taiwan and Japan.