Park is HSBC Women's champ - again

South Korean golf star Park In Bee is the first two-time winner of the $2.1 million HSBC event, which began in 2008. She achieved a course record of eight-under 64 on the New Tanjong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club yesterday, and finished one shot cl
South Korean golf star Park In Bee is the first two-time winner of the $2.1 million HSBC event, which began in 2008. She achieved a course record of eight-under 64 on the New Tanjong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club yesterday, and finished one shot clear of Thailand's world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

When Park In Bee wins in Singapore, she does so in style, and yesterday was no different. The South Korean star fired a course record of eight-under 64 and a winning total of 19-under 269 for her second HSBC Women's Champions title.

Her previous triumph in 2015 at the Sentosa Golf Club was achieved without a single bogey over four rounds at the Serapong Course.

This time on the New Tanjong Course, the former world No. 1, now ranked 12th after taking a six-month injury break, finished one shot clear of Thailand's world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, who carded a 66 and was second on 270.

Not only did she earn US$225,000 for her 18th LPGA Tour title, but Park is also the first two-time winner of the US$1.5 million (S$2.1 million) HSBC event, which began in 2008.

American overnight leader Michelle Wie, who started the day with a two-stroke advantage, closed with a 72 and was tied-fourth on 274 alongside defending champion Korean Jang Ha Na (69) and Canadian Brooke Henderson (66). New Zealand's world No. 1 Lydia Ko also shot 72 and finished a further two strokes back in joint-ninth (276).

The 10th edition of the tournament drew a record 29,468 spectators.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2017, with the headline 'Park is HSBC Women's champ - again'. Print Edition | Subscribe