Inbee Park enjoys playing in Texas.
On Sunday, the world’s No. 2 player won for the second time in three years in the Lone Star State. Two years from winning the inaugural LPGA Tour North Texas Shootout, Park finished with a 6-under, bogey-free round of 65 to win the championship again. On this occasion, she won by three strokes over Hee Young Park and Cristie Kerr.
Park said she loves the course, as it seems to suit her eye nicely. Park never gave up her lead after two straight birdies at No. 2 and No. 3. She finished with a 15-under 269. The victory was her second of the season and her 14th since joining the LPGA Tour. It marked the fourth consecutive season that the South Korean, who is just 26, has won two or more tournaments.
Kerr had a run of three straight birdies ending her round to finish with a 66, while Hee Young Park also finished with a 66, with birdies on her final two holes.
Kerr, who is 37, said she could not complain with her play in the tournament.
The world’s No. 1 player, 17-year old Lydia Ko, who was coming off another win last week, maintained her top ranking on Monday even though she closed with a 71 on Sunday and tied for 41st. Ko said she would donate her check of $6,241 to an earthquake relief fund for Nepal.
Lexi Thompson shared the lead during the third round with Park. She shot a 69 on Sunday to tie for fourth at 11-under with Maria McBride.
One stroke behind Park halfway through the final, Thompson was ready to even the match after hitting an approach to within five feet on the ninth. However, before Thompson made the birdie putt, Park was able to curl in a putt that was much longer to move to 12-under.
Park, who won the HSBC Women’s Champions in March over in Singapore, has now won close to $10.8 million on tour after accepting the winner’s check on Sunday for $195,000.
Angela Stanford, who attended TCU and lives nearby in Fort Worth, finished at 10-under following a final round 69. That was one stroke ahead of Stacy Lewis, Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb.
Inkster finished in the top-10 for the first time since 2011. Inkster is 54 years of age, the Solheim Cup captain and a winner of 31 tour events.
Seventeen-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson was the leader in the second round and opened with a birdie on Sunday to move to 9-under. However, a three-hole stretch of bogey, double bogey and bogey at 3, 4, and 5 knocked her out of contention.