TAIPEI (AP) ― Park In-bee won the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her third victory of the year and 12th career title, holding off Stacy Lewis by two strokes at Miramar.
Six days after regaining the No. 1 spot in the world from Lewis, the South Korean newlywed closed with a 1-under 71 in light rain to finish at 22-under 266.
Korea’s Park In-bee plays a shot at the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday. (AFP-Yonhap)
Park opened with rounds of 64, 62 and 69 to take a four-stroke lead over Lewis and China’s Shanshan Feng into the final round. The second-ranked Lewis, also a three-time winner this year, shot a 69.
Park won the Manulife Financial LPGA in June in Canada and took the LPGA Championship in August for her fifth major title. Last year, she swept the first three majors and won six times.
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) ― Ryan Moore successfully defended his CIMB Classic title, shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a three-stroke win over fellow-American Gary Woodland for the second-straight year.
Moore finished on 17-under 271 to become the first player to defend a title on the PGA Tour since 2013.
Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na shared a three-way tie for second with Woodland.
Woodland three-putted the last hole for a 67, reducing pressure on Moore as he claimed his fourth PGA Tour title.
Na led by two strokes early and was within a shot with two holes to play, but his hopes ended when he drove into a treetop on the 17th and took a double bogey.
Garcia did the same on the 10th hole and finished with a 69.
Charles Schwab Cup
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) ― Kenny Perry and Tom Pernice Jr. shared the lead Saturday in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, taking advantage of Jay Haas’ third-round collapse in difficult conditions at Desert Mountain.
Perry shot a 2-under 68, and Pernice had a 70 to finish at 8-under 202 on the Cochise Course.
“Just a battle out there,” Perry said. “Greens are so hard, you really can’t control with the wind and altitude and the greens where you cannot fly the ball, you have to play everything 20, 30 feet short, bounce it up. With some of those pin placements, very tricky. I feel like I’m at a U.S. Open. It’s very hard to fit the ball near the holes so that’s why you see nobody really running away with it.”
The 60-year-old Haas, four strokes ahead after opening with rounds of 66 and 62 to break the tour record for consecutive rounds of par or better at 38, had a 75 to fall a shot behind.
“I wasn’t sharp, obviously, and it was a tough day weather-wise,” Haas said.