Park swats away challengers to win in Mexico

Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:27pm EST
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(Reuters) - Park In-bee powered to her fifth LPGA victory of the season after firing an eight-under-par 64 to capture the Lorena OchoaInvitational in Mexico City by three strokes on Sunday. It was a dominant performance for the South Korean, who finished at 18-under-par in her first appearance since withdrawing in China two weeks ago because of a cyst on a finger.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda shot a nine-under-par 63 to finish second at 15-under, while Kim Sei-young was third at 13-under. Park began the day with a three-stroke lead over compatriot Kim but saw her edge trimmed to just one after the second hole.

She birdied the par-four fourth hole to gain some cushion, but was again challenged on the back-nine by a red-hot Ciganda who closed to within one after the 11th hole. Playing in the final group with Ciganda, Park responded with a birdie at the par-four 13th as well as the final two holes.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)