Tai­wan’s Kung scores best fin­ish on LPGA Tour

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wanese golfer Candie Kung shot a 2-un­der-par 70 in the fi­nal round of the 2015 Cam­bia Port­land Clas­sic on Sun­day to fin­ish the event tied for sec­ond at 13 un­der par, eight shots be­hind run­away win­ner Brooke Hen­der­son.

It was the 34-year-old vet­eran’s best fin­ish in an LPGA Tour event since tak­ing sec­ond at the Sybase Match Play Cham­pi­onship in May 2012, and her best fin­ish in a stroke play event since fin­ish­ing sec­ond at the U.S. Women’s Open in July 2009.

The steady Kung bo­gied the par-4 third be­fore re­cov­er­ing with birdies on the par-5 fifth and par-4 ninth and 15th holes to end up in a tie with Por­nanong Phatlum of Thai­land and Ha Na Jung of South Korea and earn US$89,641 in prize money.

Kung has won four LPGA tour­na­ments since turn­ing pro in 2002, three in 2003 when she was ranked as high as sixth in the world, and one in 2008, the Hana Bank-Kolon Cham­pi­onship.

She was never in con­tention to se­cure a fifth ti­tle at the Columbia Edge­wa­ter Coun­try Club in Port­land as the 17-year-old Hen­der­son never showed any signs of giv­ing up the five-shot lead with which she started the fi­nal round.

But Kung’s fin­ish help her soar in the latest world rank­ings is­sued Mon­day to 86th from 129th the pre­vi­ous week.

Other Tai­wanese play­ers had re­spectable show­ings that could have been even bet­ter had they not fal­tered on the back nine.

For­mer world No. 1 Yani Tseng, who started the day at 6-un­der, was at 11-un­der for the tour­na­ment af­ter carding her sev­enth birdie of the day on the 16th hole, but fin­ished bo­gey-dou­ble-bo­gey to fin­ish the tour­na­ment tied for 18th at 8-un­der-par 280.

Min Lee also fin­ished tied for 18th af­ter start­ing the day at 9-un­der-par and cer­tainly hop­ing for more.

She got to 12-un­der with three birdies in the first five holes of her fi­nal round be­fore fall­ing back with a dou­ble bo­gey on the par-3 eighth and bo­geys on the par-4 14th and par-3 16th.

Tseng rose two spots in the latest world rank­ings to 74th, while Lee moved up 17 spots to 166th.

Hsu Wei-ling also had a dis­ap­point­ing fi­nal round of 75 in Port­land to fin­ish the tour­na­ment tied for 60th at 1-un­der 287. She is cur­rently ranked 133rd in the world.

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