Hyo Joo Kim wins in Singapore | LPGA
It was a final day like no other in Singapore for the HSBC Women’s World Championship. Eleven of the top 12 players heading into Sunday were already LPGA Tour winners, with 60 wins between them and 17 major league titles. Among them, five shots off the head from 54 holes, was Hyo Joo Kim. Kim was looking to improve on a third round that featured six birdies, six pars and six bogeys.
âThose six bogeys I did were missed short putts. Usually I am very confident with my putter. So I just tried to concentrate when I needed to make short putts, and I think it’s the focus that makes the difference, âKim said through a translator. It was certainly the difference for the 25-year-old on Sunday, as she recorded her lowest 18 holes since the 2019 Amundi Evian Championship with a 64 without a bogey to win the fourth title of her career on the LPGA Tour and the first since 2016.
Kim scored four birdies in the last five holes of her first nine to make the turn at -13, putting her just in contention with major champions. Hannah green and Inbee Park, who were a few holes in the final group. Kim continued to capitalize in her last nine games, birding at No.11, 12, 14 and 15, then waited for the final groups as she led the clubhouse at -17.
Green, sitting two strokes off Kim’s lead before the 14th hole, sank in to become her second eagle of the week, then birdieed in 16th for a one-stroke lead. But, a disastrous end brought the Australian back to Earth as she dreaded her last two holes and played for her third career victory.
âI didn’t really feel like I was there until I scored the 14. It was a great way to build momentum. I had a very good putt on 16 to make a birdie, but obviously quite disappointed to have two putts of 3 finishing putts. I felt a little nervous on the last one, which is good, because I imagine having the spectators there made sense to me, âsaid Green, who ultimately finished second in solo at -16. “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.”
Kim watched on a TV in the players’ lounge as she realized she had won, then was showered completely with champagne by friends. âMy goal this year was to have a win, and I’m glad I already achieved that goal,â said Kim. âWhile playing on the KLPGA Tour last year, I honed my skills and wanted to adapt them to this year on the LPGA, and I’m very happy those results came out.
Patty tavatanakit, who shot a final round 65, with Inbee Park and Xiyu lin tied for third at -15. So Yeon Ryu 70 seconds in a row were enough for a sixth place at -12, with Carlota Ciganda, In Gee Chun, Lydia Ko and Gaby Lopez rounding the top 10 in a tie for seventh at -11. Reigning champion Sung Hyun Park tied for 57th place at +5.