Park rallies at Diakin Orchard for third JLPGA win
Sunday, March 6, 2011
In-bee Park blitzed the field with a final-round, 6-under 66 to overcome an overnight three-stroke deficit and capture the Daikin Orchid Ladies Tournament in Okinawa, Japan.
The Korean finished with a 54-hole tally of 11-under 205, three shots ahead of Japan's Miki Saiki. Koreans Bo-bae Song and Bo-mee Lee shared third at 209.
Park, the 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion, had birdies at Nos. 2, 4, 7, 8 and 9 to make the turn at 5-under 31. The Korean picked up a bogey on No. 13, but birdied Nos. 16 and 18 to earn her third win on the Japan LPGA Tour.
Local favorite and Japanese sensation Ai Miyazato failed to make the cut, the first time in seven years in Japan that she didn't play in the final round.
"I didn't play bad," said the 25-year-old after her second-round 71. "It was just hard to make up ground after shooting four-over in the first round.
"I might've disappointed the people in Okinawa, but I did my best. I'll try to bounce back on the U.S. (LPGA) tour. Something like this happens sometimes in a long career. I just accept this result and see what I can do next. The season has only started."
Ji-yai Shin, the world's No. 2 ranked player, finished in fifth, while overnight leader Saiki Fujita fired a final-round 76 to finish T-10.
Japan's Chie Arimura, who finished second to Karrie Webb at the U.S. LPGA's HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore last week, finished T-26 at 215. Meanwhile defending champion Sun-ju Ahn of Korea was T-44 at 219. Ahn won the Japan LPGA money title in 2010.