KirkwoodGolf: Inbee Park wins LPGA event in Malaysia

Monday, October 15, 2012

Inbee Park wins LPGA event in Malaysia

Catriona Matthew is fourth

Catriona Matthew added a fourth round 67 to climb one place up the leader board and finish in fourth position, four strokes behind the leader, Inbee Park with an 11 under par total of 273.   
Carly Booth had her best round of the tournament,  a 70 and tied for 64th place on 301.

From the LPGA Website
Inbee Park made a back-nine charge in Sunday’s final round to beat defending champion Na Yeon Choi (@nychoi87) by two strokes at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (@SimeDarbyLPGA). Park sat two shots back at the turn but carded four of her six birdies on the final nine holes finishing 4-under par 67. The South Korean posted rounds of 69-68-65-67 to finish 15-under 269 for the week and tying the 72-hole tournament record. It is her third-career victory and second in the past six starts.
Leading preference: Of Park’s three career victories, she managed to twice come from behind with a with two-stroke deficit heading into Sunday’s final round. The major champion did so back in 2008 when she recorded her first-career win and major championship at the U.S. Women’s Open. But Park said she’d prefer to have the target on her back rather than chipping away at the lead.

“I think I prefer leading because I think it's much easier the last day,” said Park. “But, I mean, I had to play good on the final day to win.  I knew that Na Yeon was really strong on this golf course and I knew she really liked this golf course.  So I knew I had to go really low today to win, make a lot of birdies.”
So consistent: Park notched her tenth-consecutive top-10 finish this week and second win in six starts. It is the first time in her six-year career she has recorded two wins. Park played in the event’s inaugural year in 2010 and finished T46.

“I’m very happy to win,” said Park. “I played for the second time here, and it’s the first time I’ve won twice in one year so I'm really proud of myself for that.
“I think my golf has improved, everything, hitting the ball, chipping, putting,” said Park. “Everything has really improved.  I worked really hard on my swing. I've been hitting it very solid all year.  So, yeah, that gave me a lot more birdie chances.”
With her win, Park moved from fourth to second place in the Player of the Year rankings with 144 points. She also remains at the top of the Tour’s season money-list with $1,954,608.

Leading Scores
1 Inbee Park 69-68-65-67 269 -15 $285,000
2 Na Yeon Choi 65-67-68-71 271 -13 $179,747
3 Karrie Webb 65-71-68-68 272 -12 $130,394
4 Catriona Matthew 68-68-70-67 273 -11 $100,870
5 So Yeon Ryu 68-73-67-66 274 -10 $81,189
T6 Lindsey Wright 70-66-72-67 275 -9 $61,014
T6 Paula Creamer 69-67-70-69 275 -9 $61,014
8 Jessica Korda 68-71-73-64 276 -8 $48,714
T9 Candie Kung 70-71-71-65 277 -7 $38,749
T9 Lizette Salas 68-67-76-66 277 -7 $38,749
T9 *Ariya Jutanugarn 69-72-67-69 277 -7
T9 Mika Miyazato 66-69-71-71 277 -7 $38,749
T9 Ai Miyazato 68-69-68-72 277 -7 $38,749