Park, the world number one, sunk a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to post a four-under par 67 and defeat Spain’s Carlota Ciganda by one stroke for her sixth career LPGA Tour victory.
“Today coming into the final round, I was two shots back, and I didn't really think about winning so much,” said Park afterwards. “The front nine I was given a lot of birdie chances out there, and nothing seemed to be going in, so I was a little bit frustrated.
“But on the other hand, Carlota was putting really good and she was playing really almost perfect. She wasn't making any mistakes until No. 14 and she played very good today, except for a couple of holes. And until No. 13 I thought I wouldn't have a chance because Carlota was really playing solid. So yeah, I was just trying to be really patient out there, and finally a couple dropped for me at the end.”
Park was grateful for a late lapse from Ciganda, the 22-year-old Spaniard blowing a two-stroke lead with a bogey on the 14th and double bogey on the 15th to fall one shot back.
On the par-four 14th, Ciganda hit her drive behind a tree before clipping a branch on her approach which left her second shot 20 yards short of the green. Her two-stroke lead quickly became one before her second to the 15th found the water hazard en route to a double bogey. It proved decisive.
“I saw the ball bouncing on the green, so I thought that maybe it was there long,” said Ciganda. “But when I was approaching the green, I could see that the wind was hard and the ball was in the water. So I mean I just tried to make up on that, and I missed my putt, so then it was a six, and that was it. I think that was the key hole because until that time I think I was winning by two and then by one.”
Ciganda still had a chance to make up for her errors but her birdie putt on the 16th lipped out. She then holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the last to tie for the lead but Park did likewise to seal victory.
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