Taiwan’s Kung scores best finish on LPGA Tour
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.