Korean Dom­i­nance at Haikou

HK Golfer - - China Focus - Photo by Daniel Wong

Kim Hae-rym cap­tured the SGF 67 World Ladies Cham­pi­onship with SBS on Sun­day when the Korean beat com­pa­triot Bae Seon-woo on the sec­ond hole of a play-off un­der wet con­di­tions in Hainan Is­land. With Kim (70) and Bae (69) dead­locked at 14-un­der 205 through 54 holes on the

Mis­sion Hills Haikou Black­stone Course, both play­ers made par at the first ex­tra hole, the 371-yard first. At the next, the vet­eran made a birdie four at the 524-yard par-five for her third ca­reer ti­tle as Bae missed an eight-foot putt. Go­ing into the ex­tra ses­sion, Kim said she felt confident as she had played in play-offs twice last year in a sea­son where she earned her first two pro­fes­sional wins. On the first ex­tra hole, how­ever, her drive went into the lava rocks preva­lent around the Black­stone Course. Af­ter find­ing her ball she had to take a penalty for an un­playable lie and then pro­ceeded to get up-and-down for par.

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