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Posts Tagged ‘LPGA Championship.’

Chinese golfer Feng wins LPGA Championship in New York

 

Shanshan Feng (2009 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Shanshan Feng became the first Chinese golfer to win an LPGA Tour title and major event, the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York.

The 22-year-old, who now has 5 professional wins, closed the final round with a 5-under-par 67.

Feng is the only player from China on the LPGA Tour, finished the tournament at 6-under-282.

Following Feng, was Stacy Lewis who shot a 70 to tie for second place with Mika MIyazato (69), Suzann Pettersen (70) and third-round leader Eun-Hee Ji (72).

 

Info compiled from LPGA Tour

Grace Park pulls a surprise; retires in the middle of LPGA Championship in New York

 

In a surprise and shocking move, South Korean Grace Park, winner of the 2004 Kraft Nabisco major championship and winner of the Vare Trophy in the sane year for the lowest-scoring average on the tour,  announced her retirement from golf on Friday after the second round of the LPGA Championship.

Grace Park at St. Andrews in 2007 (photo by Musforce via wikipedia commons)

The 33-year-old Park made the announcement after her second consecutive round of three-over 75 at the Locust Hill Country Club in the year’s second women’s major tournament.

Park has not won an event in eight years and said dealing with injuries over and over had been a great frustration for her. She admitted that she did not give herself a chance to win and be a better golfer. “It’s my own fault for not taking care of my body.”

She has struggled with back pain since her days as a junior golfer.

The South Korean native, who now calls Scottsdale, Arizona home, went through two back surgeries and took three years off the tour to recuperate.

Park, who moved to the United States at the age of 12, went to Arizona State University and became the College Player of the Year, says it’s time to get ready for the next phase of her life. She is planning to get married.

 

Info compiled from LPGA Tour, Radio & TV news

 

Back from injury rehab, Pak leads LPGA event in New York; Park retires on Friday

Se Ri Pak (courtesy of LPGA Tour)

Se Ri Pak, the 34-year-old LPGA golf star from South Korea, had a nice return to the tour yesterday.

Playing for the first time since injuring her left shoulder in early April of this year, Pak shot a 1-under 71 to become the front-runner after the second round of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York.

The shocker of the tournament on Friday was the retirement of Grace Park. The 33-year-old had some success on the LPGA Tour with six wins and a majors win, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2004.

Pak is at a 3-under-par 141, one shot ahead of Inbee Park (70), Paula Creamer (72), Mika Miyazato (72) and Sandra Gal (71).

 

Info compiled from LPGA Tour, Radio & TV news

Tseng wins fourth LPGA career major tourney in Rochester

Yani Tseng (file photo)

Yani Tseng, the number-1 ranked golfer in the world, won the LPGA Championship by 10 strokes and became the youngest golfer to win four LPGA Tour majors at age 22.

Tseng went wire-to-wire as the tournament leader after opening with rounds of 66, 70 and 67. It was her eight career LPGA Tour win, second in a row and third of the season.

Tseng closed the final round with a 6-under 66 to finish at 19-under 269 at Locust Hill Country Club outside of Rochester, New York.

The native of Taiwan match the LPGA record low score at a major.

Finishing second was Morgan Pressel (71), Cristie Kerr (69), Suzann Pettersen (67) and Paula Creamer (69) tied for third at 8-under-par.

 

Info courtesy of the LPGA Tour

Song-Hee Kim leads Hana Bank Championship tournament

Song-Hee Kim of South Korea birdied four holes in a row on the front nine Saturday and finished he second straight 4-under-par-68 for a one-stroke lead over defending champion Na Yeon Choi in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.

Song-Hee Kim (file photo)

Kim, who hasn’t won in 73 LPGA starts, finished second in the LPGA Championship in late June, then lost in a playoff to Choi in the Jamie Farr Classic in Toledo, Ohio, the very next week.

50-year-old Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, is three strokes at 5-under-par-68. Inkster is trying to become the oldest LPGA Tour winner.

Michelle Wie shot a 73 and is 1-under-par.

compiled from staff & LPGA news

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