Wie finishes in tie for fourth after four-putt
SINGAPORE (AP) — Inbee Park used her self-described “amazing” putting to win the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament by one stroke on Sunday after closing with an 8-under 64.
The South Korean finished at 19-under 269 at the Sentosa Golf Club, one shot clear of her playing partner Ariya Jutanugarn, who was second after a 66.
Sung Hyun Park (68) was third, another shot back, while overnight leader Michelle Wie dropped back into a tie for fourth after a 72.
Wie was two in front after making birdies on the second and third holes before her round unraveled when she four-putted for a double-bogey on the par-5 fifth.
The Punahou School graduate has struggled with injuries and loss of form since her last win at the U.S. Open in 2014.
“Overall, I can’t complain, but right now it stings a little bit,” Wie said. “Just a couple putts didn’t go in, and Inbee played really well. Obviously I wanted to walk away with the trophy, but there’s so many leaps and strides forward that I made this week.
“Stuff happens sometimes. Sometimes you just four-putt and you’ve just got to carry on with your life.”
Wie finished alongside Brooke Henderson (66) and last year’s Singapore champion Jang Ha-na (69).
Inbee Park made her first birdie of the day on the same hole that Wie’s charge started to falter, then proceeded to reel off another eight birdies to the 17th hole, draining a series of long putts in a near-flawless display on the greens.
“My putting was amazing today, obviously,” she said. “I couldn’t make any putts yesterday and obviously I made up for it today.
“Pretty much everything I looked at, it wanted to drop in. It was very consistent ball-striking all week, and obviously there is a lot of birdie opportunities out there and I was able to convert the birdies. This was one of my best putting days … I was just in that zone.”