Park In-bee registers Women's PGA triple treat

Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:54pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

HARRISON, New York (Reuters) - Park In-bee closed with a superbly solid 68 to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship by five shots on Sunday as her closest rival took a roller coaster ride at the undulating Westchester Country Club.

Park was impeccable in claiming her sixth major, running a bogey-free streak to a remarkable 56 holes as she finished at a tournament record-matching 19 under par with a 273 total to beat fellow South Korean Kim Sei-young, who shot 71 for 278.

It was a triple treat for Park, who won the event for the third year in a row, reclaimed the world number one ranking and avenged a sudden-death defeat to Kim in April's Lotte Championship in Hawaii, as she claimed the $525,000 prize.

"It feels amazing to win three times in a row," Park said after matching the feat previously achieved by Sweden's Annika Sorenstam. "I feel extremely honored, and I can't believe that I just did it.

"This is really a great accomplishment in my career. Obviously there's a lot more things to do from now on but this is definitely one of the greatest accomplishments I've ever had."

The 26-year-old Park, winner of five of the last 12 women's majors played since 2013, began the day with a two-shot lead over Kim, an LPGA Tour rookie who has won twice this season.

Large galleries followed the Korean duel through the hills of the Westchester layout to watch a to-and-fro tussle in which Park built a four-shot lead by the fourth hole that shrank to one after Kim ran off four birdies in a row from the fifth.

But as she had done on Saturday with a four-putt bogey at the last hole, Kim imploded by taking four putts at the par-five ninth for a double bogey that dropped her four back as Park birdied.   Continued...

Jun 14, 2015; Harrison, NY, USA;  Inbee Park plays from the rough on the 13th during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club - West. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports