Park picks up first win af­ter play­off

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By CHINA DAILY

WEIHAI, Shan­dong prov­ince — Park Bo-mi’s putting prow­ess proved the dif­fer­ence on Sun­day as the South Korean beat com­pa­triot Lee Ji-hoo on the first hole of a play­off to win the Kumho Tire Ladies Open.

As Lee closed with a 69 to fin­ish on a 6-un­der 210 to­tal, Park, play­ing in the fi­nal group at Weihai Point, Shan­dong prov­ince, drained a 12-foot up­hill putt on the last hole of reg­u­la­tion for a 70 to force the play­off.

In the ex­tra ses­sion, Lee’s ap­proach found a bunker at the back of the 18th green while Park was safely on the green, her ball 20 feet to the right of the flag.

Lee then flew her bunker shot 25 feet past the hole down the slop­ing green and missed her putt for a bo­gey 5.

With a chance for birdie, Park was too ag­gres­sive as her ball rolled six feet past the hole.

How­ever, she then made her par putt to earn 100 mil­lion Korean Won ($86,623) and two first-class roundtrip air tick­ets with Asiana Air­lines.

“I knew that I needed to force the play­off so I gave my 100-per-cent ef­fort on that putt and I made it,” said Park.

“In fact, I was very ner­vous be­cause this is my first play­off. But I knew Lee since we were ju­niors. We played many times so that helped. More­over, my fa­ther was my cad­die and did a great job to calm me down,” said the 23-year-old who turned pro in 2012.

“This is my first win. My next goal is a se­cond win be­fore the end of the sea­son.”

Lee could only ex­press her dis­ap­point­ment af­ter the 23-year-old blew her chance to win in reg­u­la­tion.

“I was very con­fi­dent that I could win this en­ter­ing to­day but this golf course is re­ally tough,” said Lee.

“I made a mis­cue in the pla-off, but I am grown up and will take this.”

South Korea’s Ahn Song-yi fin­ished one stroke back in third af­ter a fi­nal-round 69.

China’s world No 6 Feng

Score­board

Shan­shan, who led af­ter 36 holes, closed with a 73 to fin­ish tied-fourth, two shots back with Korean Lee So­lar (71), a China LPGA Tour mem­ber.

With a one-shot lead go­ing into the fi­nal round, Feng made a birdie three at the third hole to get to 6 un­der.

She then posted a bo­gey 5 two holes later to make the turn on the coastal course at even par. Af­ter a birdie four at the par-5 10th, Feng fell out of con­tention with three straight bo­geys start­ing at the 13th hole be­fore reg­is­ter­ing a birdie at the 16th to give her a lit­tle hope.

“I wanted to win this tro­phy com­ing into to­day, but didn’t make it,” said Feng.

“I strug­gled with my swing ear­lier this round and then some putts re­fused to sink later. But I did give my best ef­fort with ev­ery shot.

The 27-year-old will play in this week’s US Women’s Open in New Jersey, the third ma­jor of the year.

“Don’t worry, I will re­turn to this tour­na­ment and at­tempt to win it next year,” added Feng.

Lee Hyo-rin (69) sank a hole-in-one at the 125-yard 17 th when the Korean found the cup with a pitch­ing wedge. She earned a busi­ness­class re­turn ticket on Asiana Air­lines for her per­fect shot.

Lead­ing fi­nal-round scores (Play­ers Chi­nese, un­less stated)

* Park Bo-mi wins on first hole of play­off

210 Lee Ji-hoo ( KOR) 69-72-69, Park Bo-mi (KOR)* 72-68-70

211 Ahn Song-yi (KOR) 71-71-69

212 Feng Shan­shan 66-7373, Lee So­lar (KOR) 72-69-71

213 Park You-na (KOR) 76-64-73

214 Choi He-young (KOR) 75-67-72

217 Choi Yoo-lim (KOR) 69-71-77

218 Lee Hyo-rin (KOR) 77-72-69, Guo Caizhu 75-7271, Kim Hye-sun (KOR) 71-7572, Choi Eun-woo (KOR) 7470-74, Park Seong-weon (KOR) 74-69-75, Jang Eun­soo (KOR) 70-73-75, Ko Na-hyun (KOR) 71-71-76, An Na-rin (KOR) 69-72-77

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Park Bo-mi of South Korea poses with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Kumho Tire Ladies Open in a play­off in Weihai, Shan­dong prov­ince, on Sun­day.

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