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Date [ 2015-03-09, 05:27 ]

Ko pips Lewis for second place at HSBC Women’s Champions 2015

(Singapore=Koreanpress) KP News Team = Record crowds at Sentosa witnessed world no. 2 Inbee Parkcrowned ‘Champion of Champions’ following a flawless victory in the HSBC Women’sChampions 2015. The South Korean shot a round of 2-under par 70 to win the title, two shotsclear of second placed Lydia Ko.

The result saw Park complete a fourth consecutive bogey-free round to finish 15-under parand claim the winner’s cheque of US$ 210,000. Speaking after her victory, a delighted Parksaid, “It feels great. I thought Singapore wasn't the place that I could win a tournament. Everyyear has just been really hard to me but last year was the first year I actually had a good finishand that gave me a lot of confidence.

“This week was just incredible. I don't think I can even believe myself that I didn't make anybogeys for 72 holes. If I was afraid of the bogeys, I'd probably make bogeys but I thought,whatever happens, it's just meant to be. I just tried to focus on my game and not think aboutso many other things.”

Speaking about a bet she made with her father that would see her make US$ 500 for everybirdie, but pay out double for each bogey, Park added: “I just took the bet, and it ended upreally nicely! It gave me extra motivation I guess. It's so fun and gave me something else toconcentrate on. It's good to have a family here and they are a big energy for me.”

For world no. 1 Lydia Ko, it just wasn’t to be. After what was a slow start by her standards, theworld no.1 brought herself right back into contention in Rounds 2 and 3, but wasn’t able toreproduce the magic that saw her claim back to back victories prior to her arrival in Singapore.

Playing an aggressive round on the testing Serapong course, Ko carded three bogeys and fivebirdies to match Park’s 2-under score of 70. But the 17 year old bares all the hall-marks of atrue champion. Despite the result, the 17 year old managed a smile as she came off coursebefore signing autographs and posing for pictures with the hordes of fans assembled by the18th.

Speaking after her round, Ko said, “I started out well on my front nine, shooting 3-underthrough my first seven holes. Just things didn’t go well from 8 to 13 – I just lost three shots.

On this course, it's not that hard to lose shots. There are some lip-outs and there are so manyclose ones. But I finished well with a birdie on 18.
“I had a great stretch of three weeks and I would have never imagined to have one secondplace and two wins. So it's great. This is my best finish here in Singapore, so I'm really lookingforward to coming back next year.”

World no. 3 and 2013 champion Stacy Lewis wasn’t so lucky. The Texan landed a ball in a palmtree on the 10th, necessitating a drop, and a wayward third shot on the 18th in the waterhazard saw her drop another, finishing in third place, four shots behind the champion.

Tied in fourth place were Shanshan Feng (China), So YeonRyu (South Korea) and AzaharaMunoz (Spain). All three players were in consistent form all week, finishing at 10-under par.

Reflecting on another successful tournament at Sentosa, Guy Kinnings, Global Head of Golf,IMG, the tournament promoter, said, "It was an outstanding performance from Inbee Parktoday in what was a dream final three-ball for the tournament. Record crowds have enjoyedfour fantastic days of world-class golf and lots more besides in the HSBC Interactive Village.

Our congratulations go to HSBC for all they have done to make this event such a success, andour thanks to all our tournament partners, the LPGA, Sentosa Golf Club and all the fans.”

Local qualifier Koh Sock Hwee recorded her best yet round of 3-over par 75 in Round 4showing continual improvement over the four days. The 25 year old will take a great deal fromthe experience. Speaking after her final round, Koh said, “There are a lot of positives to takeout of this week. I went out there today to enjoy the whole experience and I had fun. Thecourse is in superb condition, so the more you play the more you get used to it.

"I was expecting a little more from myself, because I know I can do better. I'll learn from themistakes that I've made and improve. I was very lucky to play with a lot of players, so I got towitness the strength of each player, compare it with my own game to find out where I canimprove and do better. Hopefully one day I'll be like one of them playing at this event as oneof the top 20 in the world."

Speaking on behalf of the staging venue, Low Teo Ping, President of Sentosa Golf Club, added,"We offer our congratulations to Inbee Park on a very fine victory. Four bogey free rounds onone of the most testing championship courses in Asia is a score worthy of a true championand we look forward to seeing her back again at Sentosa. Once again it has been a pleasureto welcome the players from the LPGA Tour to our club as well as the thousands of spectatorsthat have made their way through the gates over the last four days. We have witnessed fourdays of first class sporting action and some wonderful entertainment.”

As the next chapter in the illustrious history of the HSBC Women’s Champions draws to aclose, Singapore has another true champion.

For more information on the HSBC Women’s Champions 2015, please visit the tournamentwebsite at
http://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens.


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