Park storms from behind to win in Singapore

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park fired the low round of the tournament on Sunday to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship by two shots over Australia’s Minjee Lee at the Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

Park was four shots off the lead of Thailand’s top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn entering the day but quickly chipped away at the deficit with three consecutive birdies to open her round and five through her first seven holes.

Park’s lone blemish Sunday was a bogey on the par-5 eighth hole, but the world’s second-ranked player rolled in four birdies on the back nine to card an 8-under 64 and post 15 under for the tournament with the overnight leaders still on the course.

“I didn’t think I would win this (early in the season) and I’m really happy. I am used to having a tough start to the season these past few years, and this first win came so fast, I think I will play really comfortably the rest of my season,” said Park.

Lee, who finished second in Thailand last week, was 4 under through 12 holes. But her round stalled out at that point, as Lee bogeyed the 14th. She posted a 3-under 69 on Sunday to finished at 13 under for the week.

“I’ve been playing well and today I turned at 3-under, probably missed a couple opportunities at the beginning of the front nine,” said Lee. “I just didn’t give myself too many opportunities for birdie, and made a bad mistake on that one drive. But I feel like I’ve had a really good two weeks, and hopefully it just sets me up for the year.”

Spain’s Azahara Munoz and South Korea’s Jin Young Ko tied for third place at 11 under, with Amy Olson and South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim another shot off the pace at 10 under. Olson, the only player to open with two rounds in the 60s, shot 71-70 over the weekend.

South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji finished in solo seventh place at 9 under. Jutanugarn struggled to a 3-over 75 on Sunday and finished in a tie for eighth with England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff. Jutanugarn’s round included double bogeys on the par-3 fourth hole and the par-5 13th. She was still in contention before going 4-over-par over her final six holes.

Nelly Korda, a winner earlier this season, worked her way into solo 10th place with a pair of 69s on the weekend to finish at 6 under.

Gerina Piller, making her first start following maternity leave, shot an 11-over 83 on Sunday to finish 59th.

–Field Level Media