Honda LPGA Thailand, Inbee Park Wins February 24 2013

Inbee Park Inbee Park won the Honda LPGA Thailand by one shot and a total of -12 under par, after local favorite Ariya Jutanugarn lipped out a three-foot putt on the last hole to  suffered a triple bogey, handing the title to Inbee. Ariya lost concentration when in sight of the finishing line, putting  her second shot on the par five 18th into the front right bunker. She unfortunately had to take a drop and a one-stroke penalty for an unplayable lie. Then hit her fourth shot over the green and with a tricky downhill shot facing her, she left it short with the ball still on the fringe. Her putt, her sixth shot of the hole, slid by and she had about a 3-foot uphill putt left to make for double-bogey in order to force a playoff. The putt rimmed the hole and Ariya sadly tapped in for triple bogey eight which gave Inbee Park the one-shot victory. Inbee thought she had missed her chance when she missed a birdie putt on the 17 th hole; " On No. 17 when I missed that birdie putt I thought that this game might be over because she was at 14 under-par and it was a two-stroke lead coming into the last hole. I knew she was a long hitter so she had a chance to go ahead. So yeah I just didn’t expect this kind of finish. Out of all the other wins, this win just felt like it was not as much work this week. It was a lot easier this week for me. But I really want to congratulate Ariya for her fantastic golf the last four days. She has a lot of fans out here and she’s very talented. So I think I’ll be seeing more of her." Ariya said that making a hole in one on the par three 12th hole had made her feel full of confidence; " It just made me feel confident because before that hole I wasn’t very confident. My driver and my irons were not very good. I think after 12 my driver feel OK and my irons like feel better. Just a bad hole on 18." World Number One Yani Tseng  tied the tournament record with a -9 under par 63 to finish in a tie for third at -10 under par. Yani is coming back into form, and thinks next week she will start the tournament a little better than her first round effort here; “Hopefully next week I can start a little earlier and still finish strong, I feel like this is more like me. When I play my best I always finish strong on the weekend but last year at the end, on the weekend, I’m always struggling. But this is what I like to feel, to play aggressive and have fun and relax. Because today I go out there and I try to make birdie every hole." Tied in third place with Yani, were So Yeon Ryu, Beatriz Recari and Stacy Lewis, all on -10 under par. Lydia Ko, the World Amateur number one finished the tournament at -5 under par, tied in 14th place.