Posted by: happyfan08 | August 25, 2009

KLPGA: Nefs Masterpiece Rd 3

Two players were tied for the lead as the final round of the Nefs Masterpiece commenced.  Inbee Park is an LPGA star and Major winner who has struggled to recapture her form since that win, while Bo Mi Lee is an up and coming KLPGA player looking for her first win.  Would one of those two capture the title, or would another player spoil the party?

So Yeon Ryu came into this week on a tear.  She had won the previous three events and four of the last five.  But she would not be a factor this week.  After two so so rounds, she needed to play brilliantly to have any chance, and she was not able to pull it off.  She finished the week tied for 14th.

So Yeon Ryu helps a fan at a clinic after the Nefs Masterpiece

So Yeon Ryu helps a fan at a clinic after the Nefs Masterpiece

The other KLPGA stars did a little better.  Ha Neul Kim had her first top ten finish in a while, ending up tied for 6th, while Hee Kyung Seo shot a 75 to fall to 13th.

Ha Neul Kim

Ha Neul Kim

Meanwhile, the conditions were tough, and many of the top LPGA stars struggled.  Ji Young Oh shot a final round 77, Song Hee Kim a 78.  Quite an unusual sight to see these two top stars play so poorly.

In the end, Inbee Park and Bo Mi Lee would duke it out with a third player, the LPGA’s HJ Choi, for the title.  Lee took control at first.  She climbed to 11 under by the 11th hole, with Choi and Park tied at 10 under.  Park made a bogey on the 13th hole to fall to 9 under, while Choi birdied that hole to move to 11 under.

Bo Mi Lee

Bo Mi Lee

But Inbee was not ready to folder her tent just yet.  She birdied 16 to move to within one shot of Lee and Choi.  Choi finished her round at 11 under, but Lee made birdie on 17 to move to 12 under.  Park kept pace by also making birdie there.  So with one hole to go, Inbee still trailed Bo Mi Lee by one shot.

Inbee dug deep, however, and made her third straight birdie on 18 to tie Lee.  When Lee was unable to birdie as well, they both finished at 12 under, forcing a playoff.

Inbee Park

Inbee Park

The playoff lasted two holes.  On the second hole, Lee was able to make a par save, but Inbee failed to do so.  Thus, Lee broke into the winner’s circle at last.  For Inbee, it was a great try, and will perhaps help her to recapture some of her lost confidence when she returns to the LPGA tour.

Bo Mi Lee

Bo Mi Lee

Meanwhile, congratulations to Bo Mi Lee.  She has been knocking on the door this year, and it’s great to see her finally charge through!

Congratulations to Bo Mi Lee!

Congratulations to Bo Mi Lee!

Scores:
1. Bo Mi Lee 68-67-69 -12 (won in playoff)
Inbee Park 71-64-69 -12
3. HJ Choi 66-70-69 -11
4. Jung Eun Lee 5 67-71-69 -9
5. Sun Ju Ahn 66-70-76 -4

Notables:
6. Ha Neul Kim 74-69-70 -3
Soo Jin Yang (R) 70-69-74 -3
10. He Yong Choi 72-71-71 -2
13. Hee Kyung Seo 70-70-75 -1
14. So Yeon Ryu 72-70-74 Even
18. Kyeong Bae 70-76-71 +1
Ji Na Lim 68-75-74 +1
Hye Youn Kim 73-69-75 +1
Shin Ae Ahn (R) 73-70-74 +1
Ji Young Oh 71-69-77 +1
Ran Hong 72-69-76 +1
25. Soo Young Moon 71-70-77 +2
32. Hyun Hee Moon 72-70-77 +3
Song Hee Kim 72-69-78 +3
49. Seon Hwa Lee 2 (R) 72-72-78 +6
52. Bo Kyung Kim 67-78-78 +7
60. Bobea Park 73-71-81 +8

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Responses

  1. Great report! Thanks!

    I think I could make that trophy in my garage 🙂


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