Inbee Park tied a course record with a take-no-prisoners final round total of 10-under 61 yesterday to nail down her 10th LPGA Tour title at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Grey Silo Golf Course.
Park finished three shots clear of American Cristie Kerr and was awarded the winner’s cheque of $225,000.
The 25-year-old South Korean played the front nine in 5-under 31 and had only one bogey in the entire tournament – on the fourth hole during the first round on Thursday.
Park becomes the third different player to win the Manulife Financial LPGA. She had previously finished T14 in 2013 and T2 in 2012, losing in a four-player, three-hole playoff. She is projected to remain at No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
Kerr shot a stellar round of 8-under 63 to secure her solo second place finish and picked up $136,903.
China’s Shanshan Feng came in third alone after carding a 3-under 68. Feng banked $99,314 for her solid effort.
Fan favourite Michelle Wie had a nice tournament. Wie ended up T6 at 15-under 69 and $46,471 richer.
Top Canadian honours went to Sue Kim for her T35 performance. Kim posted rounds of 71, 70, 67 and 68 to close out the event at 8-under 276. She earned a tidy cheque worth $9,032.
Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls and Hamilton’s Alena Sharp were the next best Canucks at T45.
Henderson, who holds amateur status, landed at 6-under 278 following consistent rounds of 70, 71, 69 and 68.
Sharp shot rounds of 73, 69, 65 and 71 to pocket $5,921.
Meanwhile, tournament organizers were thankful for the efforts put in by all involved.
“It’s really exciting to see how proud the community is to have this world-class event in Waterloo Region,” said Richard Kuypers, tournament director. “I want to thank Manulife Financial’s commitment to the tournament and volunteerism. We are grateful to the volunteers, fans, players, St. Mary’s General Hospital and everyone who played a role in making this tournament one of the player’s favourite stops on the tour.”
Manulife Financial LPGA Classic