ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open. Mi Hyang Lee Wins. February 02 2014
Mi Hyang Lee / Getty ImagesMi Hyang fired a -9 under par 63 third round to shoot to the top of the leaderboard at the NZ Woman's Open, at -9 under par. One amazing course record round takes her to the summit, and victory. Mi Hyang and Trophy / Getty Mi Hyang was on the practice green, preparing for sudden death play-off; “I came around to the clubhouse and my Dad said ‘You won’ because Lydia missed a birdie putt, and I cannot believe. It’s my best score in my life and I made the course record too so I am so happy now." "Everything is better, last two days my shot is not bad but my putt is so bad. I can’t concentrate because I have the sick. But I had more putting practice and it feels better. Putting is so much better. I had 26 putts today. I hope more tournaments I can have more good scores like 61 and 62. I got more confident and I got more good feeling in my golf.” Lydia Ko the Defending Champion, was just one shot back at -8 under par after her third round of -2 under par 70, I guess the stomach bug was still needling her. It was a valiant effort under the circumstances, it just goes to prove that golf is a funny game, you can win from nowhere, actually Mi Hyang leapt 21 places up the leaderboard with her final round fireworks to win by one. Lydia was feeling better, but could not match the winning score; “I think I played pretty good for my health and obviously Mi Hyang played great as well, 63 is a pretty amazing score. Luckily the winds weren't up that much the last couple of days. So that gave us more opportunities to go lower but in saying that just because it’s calm doesn't mean everyone can shoot 63.” Lydia accepting second place / Getty Three ladies tied in third place at -7 under par for the tournament, they are; Seonwoo Bae, Anya Alvarez and Beth Allen. You have to admire Laura Davies, she made the cut and still battled it out with ladies more than half her age, well done Laura.