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Aug 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Park Sung-hyun claimed the second victory during her rookie year on the LPGA Tour, winning the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open on Sunday in Ottawa.
The U.S. Women’s Open winner closed with a birdie on the 18th hole to cap a seven-under-par 64 that left her with a two-stroke victory over South Korean compatriot Lee Mi-rim.
Park entered the final round at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club trailing leaders Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Mo Martin of the United States by four shots but erased the deficit to finish at 13-under 271.
“I just stayed really patient because I’ve been hitting the ball really well all week but not many putts were falling,” Park said.
Broch Larsen closed with a 70 to fall into a tie for third at 274 with Shanshan Feng of China (68), Marina Alex (68), Cristie Kerr (69) and Chun In-gee of South Korea (70).
Chun posted her sixth top-three finish of the season.
Martin (72) finished a shot further back. The U.S. Women’s Open title last month was Park’s first win on the LPGA Tour.
“I think it was a perfect game today,” Park said. “There were no mistakes.”
South Korean Ryu So-yeon, the world number one, finished at 277, tied for 12th with a group including Canadian Brooke Henderson, a big crowd favourite this week.
“Today didn’t go quite as well as I would have liked, but still having that support around me was amazing,” Henderson said after a 71.
Michelle Wie, who was tied for 23rd after the third round, withdrew and was taken to an Ottawa hospital to have surgery to remove her appendix. (Editing by Andrew Both)