Park powers to Malaysia title

  • Last Updated: October 14 2012, 14:11 BST

Inbee Park beat defending champion Na Yeon Choi by two strokes to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title.

Inbee Park: Saw off defending champion

Park finished with a four-under-par 67 to end on 15 under for the tournament and edge out her fellow South Korean Choi, who could only card a level-par 71 in her final round.

This is the third LPGA victory of 24-year-old Park's career and the second in her last six starts.

The 2008 US Women's Open champion still trailed by two shots - her overnight deficit to leader Choi - after the front nine today but she turned things round with four birdies in five holes from the 10th.

She then survived a late scare when she dropped shots on the final two holes to take the tile, with Choi's challenge all but disappearing when she double-bogeyed the par-three 17th.

Park admitted the nerves were frayed heading into the final holes at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

"I was really nervous out there. I wasn't nervous till about 15, then it just got to me. Was really nervous," said Park

"Na Yeon played good golf today. It was a little bit embarrassing finish, bogey, bogey finish."

She added on on lpga.com: "I'm very happy to win.

"I played for the second time here, and it's the first time I've won twice in one year so I'm really proud of myself for that."

Regarding her fightback, Park said: "I think I prefer leading because I think it's much easier the last day

"But I had to play good on the final day to win. I knew that Na Yeon was really strong on this golf course and I knew she really liked this golf course. So I knew I had to go really low today to win, make a lot of birdies."

Australia's Karrie Webb was third on 12 under after carding a 68 today while Scotland's Catriona Matthew was fourth a further shot back after a 67.


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