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Golf: Park In-bee shoots course-record 61 to claim 10th LPGA title

Park In-bee a celebrates a three-stroke victory at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada, a week since losing her World No. 1 ranking and almost a year since her previous LPGA title at the US Women’s Open last June. Photo: AFP.

Park In-bee a celebrates her victory at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Canada, a week after losing her World No. 1 ranking and almost a year since her previous LPGA title at the US Women’s Open last June. Photo: AFP.

June 9, 2014: Park In-bee tied the course record at Grey Silo Golf Course with a bogey-free 10-under 61 on Sunday to claim her 10th LPGA Tour title at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada.

 

Park, 25, had lost her World No. 1 ranking to American Stacy Lewis a week earlier and the Korean responded with her first title since winning the US Women’s Open last June, her sixth and final LPGA title in a memorable 2013 season.

 

Park’s sizzling 61 in Waterloo also set an LPGA record final round record for a winner as she finished with a 23-under total of 261, three ahead of American Cristie Kerr (63) and five clear of China No. 1 Feng Shanshan (68).

 

Teenage sensation Lydia Ko (66) shared fourth on 16-under with Spain’s Belen Mozo (65), while Lewis (63) and compatriot Michelle Wie (69) were a further shot back in a tie for sixth.

 

Park, who turned pro in April 2006, admitted the victory came at a crucial time, coming more than 11 months after winning a third straight major.

 

“It never gets old. Obviously my last win on the LPGA Tour was last year about this time a year ago, but it sure felt longer than a year. I came really close a few times, but I couldn’t hold a trophy for the past year, so I’m just really happy that I finally got that down,” said Park, who had a trophy-less drought after winning the US Open as a 19-year-old.

 

“Especially after winning US Open in 2008 and not being able to win another tournament for another four years, I really didn’t want that to happen again. The longer you don’t have the win, the harder it gets to hold the trophy, so I’m just really happy that I got it done this week.

 

“Every time we come here, we just feel so welcome and everybody’s very supportive of golf and so many people want to watch us. It’s a great atmosphere and it was just a great week for me.”

 

Park lifted her first trophy for almost a year after a course-record 61 in the final round at Grey Silo Golf Course.

Park, 25, lifted her first trophy for almost a year after a course-record 61 in the final round at Grey Silo Golf Course.

The Las Vegas-based Park moved to World No. 1 last April, usurping Lewis, and admitted that losing the top spot in the Rolex Rankings was a motivation for her Canadian conquest, although she still remains No. 2.

 

“You think I’m motivated now?” laughed Park, who moved to fourth on the 2014 LPGA money list with US$744,510.

 

“Yeah, it gave me some kind of kick-start or some kind of motivation to go lower and harder on myself. I played great golf, just not enough, so it was actually good motivation that I had last week and even though I didn’t get that [top] spot, it’s fine.

 

“I feel like I’m playing better golf and I’ve got a lot of confidence from this week. Obviously with the US Open in two weeks, I think it’s a great confidence boost and great timing.”

 

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

1.     Inbee Park                       69-66-65-61 261 -23 $225,000

2.     Cristie Kerr                      67-69-65-63 264 -20 $136,903

3.     Shanshan Feng              66-65-67-68 266 -18 $99,314

T4.   Belen Mozo                    68-67-68-65 268 -16 $69,332

T4.   Lydia Ko                         71-67-64-66 268 -16 $69,332

T6.   Stacy Lewis                   69-69-68-63 269 -15 $46,471

T6.   Michelle Wie                    65-67-68-69 269 -15 $46,471

T8.   Chella Choi                     70-69-67-64 270 -14 $35,229

T8.   Suzann Pettersen           70-67-67-66 270 -14 $35,229

T10. Caroline Masson            69-67-70-65 271 -13 $27,320

T10. So Yeon Ryu                  68-67-70-66 271 -13 $27,320

T10. Hee Young Park            65-66-72-68 271 -13 $27,320

T10. Anna Nordqvist              69-64-69-69 271 -13 $27,320

14.   Na Yeon Choi                  68-67-68-69 272 -12 $23,086

T15. Catriona Matthew          71-67-70-65 273 -11 $19,638

T15. Line Vedel                       69-70-69-65 273 -11 $19,638

T15. Mirim Lee                         69-73-65-66 273 -11 $19,638

T15. Meena Lee                      70-67-68-68 273 -11 $19,638

T15. Angela Stanford              71-67-67-68 273 -11 $19,638

T20. Austin Ernst                    69-69-70-66 274 -10 $16,340

T20. Julieta Granada              72-69-67-66 274 -10 $16,340

T20. Marina Alex                     68-68-71-67 274 -10 $16,340

T20. Candie Kung                   70-68-65-71 274 -10 $16,340

T24. Karine Icher                     69-71-72-63 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Louise Friberg                 72-69-70-64 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Joanna Klatten                70-70-70-65 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Jaye Marie Green           70-68-70-67 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Paz Echeverria               68-71-68-68 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Mi Jung Hur                    73-68-66-68 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Jennifer Johnson            70-68-69-68 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Danielle Kang                  71-68-67-69 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Jennifer Rosales             69-72-65-69 275 -9 $12,320

T24. Jee Young Lee               68-68-69-70 275 -9 $12,320

T24 Thidapa Suwannapura   72-66-67-70 275 -9 $12,320

 

Source: LPGA (www.lpga.com); Editing by SportAsia

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