Dubbed ‘Asia’s Major,’ the 2021 edition of the HSBC Women’s World Championship certainly didn’t disappoint, with the head frequently changing hands in the later stages of the tournament as Kim, Inbee Park and Hannah Green scrambled for each other. climb to the top of the ranking. ranking.
But safely in the clubhouse, it was Kim’s final round of 64 that saw the 25-year-old emerge victorious and end a five-year wait for her fourth LPGA Tour victory, as well as the winner’s check for US $ 240,000.
“Winning after such a long time is like my first win of all. It feels like a dream right now, ”said Kim, who finished 17 under par.
“I thought everyone had the opportunity to win. I didn’t make any mistakes on the first nine, and as I went through the last nine, I felt like maybe I could win.
“My goal this year was to achieve a victory, and I’m glad I already achieved that goal. While playing on the KLPGA Tour last year, I honed my skills and wanted to adapt them this year on the LPGA, and I’m very happy that these results came out. “
The result was a big blow to Green. An eagle on par 4 14 saw the Aussie take the lead, and it looked like the 24-year-old from Perth had a third LPGA win in the sack. But the bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes and in the 69th round gave Kim a one-shot victory, leaving Green to think about what could have been.
“I didn’t really feel like I was there until I scored the 14. It was a great way to build momentum. I had a really good putt on 16 to birdie, but obviously quite disappointed to have two three finishing putts. I felt a little nervous on the last one which is good as I imagine having the spectators there meant something to me. So I’m obviously very close, so I just hope I can keep that momentum going and who knows, have a good result next week, ”said Green.
Today’s leader Xiyu Lin’s quest for a first victory in the tournament continues with the 25-year-old Chinese player undoubtedly getting closer. A graduate of the CGA-HSBC China junior golf program and a guest sponsor of this year’s tournament, her third place is testament to the impact the program continues to have on golf development in China.
“Obviously pretty disappointed to have completed two putts of three putts … I’m obviously very close so I just hope I can keep that momentum going and who knows, have a good result next week.” – Hannah Green
“Right now I’m definitely a little sad, but overall if I calm down and reflect on this week I’m very grateful for what I’ve done. If you told me at the start of the week, I’m going to do that fine, like finishing in the top three, I’ll be like, “you’re kidding.” “
Reflecting on the support given him by tournament sponsor HSBC, Lin added, “Throughout my career, HSBC has definitely been one of the [a few] sponsors who participate in every stage of my career. The first year being a rookie on the Tour, I received a sponsor invitation to play in this tournament, then this year, the same. I’m really grateful that we have this kind of business that supports all of golf in China. “
Patty Tavatanakit kept her best until the end. After a modest start to the week, the 21-year-old winner from Bangkok took on the final day in Singapore. Her round of seven under par 65 saw her join Lin with a third place share. Playing for the first time in the tournament, thanks to the invitation of a sponsor, the rookie of the Tour will be delighted to have been able to take up such a strong challenge.
Reflecting on his week in Singapore before the Tour moves to Thailand next week, Tavatanakit said: “I am already confident in my game since ANA and I feel I can compete even more. If anything, I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself because next week I know the course, I played it. This is my country of origin. Obviously there’s a little more pressure because everyone wants me to play well, but you know, considering what I can do here and try to keep it going until next week, it’s going to be important.
Inbee Park is also in third place, who was in compelling form as she contested for a third title in Singapore, but lost shots at the 13th and 16th holes that saw a header slip out of her. Finishing with a birdie on the last one, she signed for two under par 70.
“I feel like I played really well this week. Just a few bad holes, that’s all. I had a few bad shots, that’s all. But I really had fun in Singapore. I played really well all week, so very happy, ”said Park.
In sixth place was fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu at par 12 cents, while seventh place was shared by Carlota Ciganda of Spain, In Gee Chun of Korea, Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Gaby Lopez of Mexico. .
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