How it Happened: Park wins Kraft Nabisco

Inbee Park reacts after a birdie on No. 1 during the final round of the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Inbee Park reacts after a birdie on No. 1 during the final round of the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Inbee Park might fly under the radar, taking a backseat to the likes of Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng and Paula Creamer when it comes to the LPGA spotlight.

On Sunday, she started out with a three-shot lead to work with and grew it to four for her second major victory.

Here's a look at Sunday's events at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and how Park's win unfolded:

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Update #22: 8:42 p.m. EDT

Hats off – and towels at the ready – to 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Inbee Park. Her approach shot finds the center of the green, giving her yet another birdie opportunity, and two-putts for a par and the win at 15 under. And, yes, she capped it all off with the traditional leap into Poppie's Pond.

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Update #21: 8:26 p.m. EDT

Suzann Pettersen answers a "Happy Birthday" serenade from the gallery at the 18th with a birdie putt to tie Caroline Hedwall for third place. She spins and raises a fist to acknowledge the crowd after closing with a 3-under 69 to finish 9 under.

Leader Inbee Park misses a par putt and drops to 15 under with one hole to play – holding a comfortable 4-shot lead.

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Update #20: 8:09 p.m. EDT

Closing in on her second major, Inbee Park goes fairway-green again on No. 16. The winner of the U.S. Women's Open in 2008 then two-putts for par. She is on track to earn the right to jump into Poppie's Pond.

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Update #19: 7:58 p.m. EDT

Caroline Hedwall pars No. 18 to close with a 4-under 68 and finish the tournament at 9 under, alone in third place with Suzann Pettersen still on the course one shot back. Hedwall's playing partner, Paula Creamer, closes with a 1-over 73 to finish at 4 under.

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Update #18: 7:49 p.m. EDT

Ending her day on a high note, So Yeon Ryu sinks a birdie putt of about 15 feet at No. 18 to close with a 7-under 65 and finish the tournament at 11 under. Caroline Hedwall will need to notch her second eagle of the back nine to tie her for second,

Leader Inbee Park barely misses a birdie at No. 14, the putt curling 270 degrees along the lip, then gives herself another makeable birdie putt of about 12 feet at No. 15. She pars again and leads by five with three to play.

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Update #17: 7:32 p.m. EDT

A 9-iron approach to about 10 feet gives leader Inbee Park another birdie opportunity. The putt is dead center and pushes her to 16 under, leading by six.

Ahead, So Yeon Ryu also has a birdie opportunity at No. 16, but the putt rolls over the right edge and she settles for par. She's holding off Caroline Hedwall for second place, as Hedwall – 5 under during a 4-hole stretch earlier, thanks in large part to an eagle at No. 11 – has parred her last four.

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Update #16: 7:21 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park sinks a long birdie putt at No. 12 to go 3 under for the day. Park stands 15 under for the tournament, leading by five with six holes to play.

So Yeon Ryu executes a nice up-and-down from the right greenside rough at No. 16; the par keeps her at 6 under for the day, which would give her the best score of the round ahead of Shanshan Feng's 5-under closing effort.

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Update #15: 7:12 p.m. EDT

A few notables outside the lead pack:

• Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who led earlier this week, bounces back from her third-round 74 with a closing 3-under 69, punctuated by a birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie ending, to finish 5 under.

• Michelle Wie, set back by three straight bogeys from Nos. 15-17, closes with a 71 to finish the week even par.

• Lexi Thompson birdies Nos. 10 and 11, then pars out for a 71 to finish the week 2 under.

• Beatriz Recari, coming off a win in the Kia Classic, birdies Nos. 17 and 18 to close with a 70, 2 under for the week.

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Update #14: 7:02 p.m. EDT

Birdies at Nos. 10-11 get Suzann Pettersen to 8 under, tying her for third after Caroline Hedwall bogeys No. 14. Karrie Webb is another stroke back at 7 under, tied with Karine Icher, Jessica Korda and Pornanong Phatlum. Lizette Salas, who started the day alone in second, bogeys again at No. 10 and falls to 6 under, tied with Haeji Kang – two golfers with opposite days as Salas is 3 over for her round, Kang 4 under.

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Update #13: 6:51 p.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu might be running out of ground on which to gain on leader Inbee Park, but she's certainly making the most of it – a short birdie putt at No. 14 after a fantastic 9-iron off the tee gives her five birdies in her last seven holes. Ryu is 10 under with five to play.

Park struggles on No. 10 after finding a fairway bunker, then a tree on her second shot. She wedges to about 14 feet and leaves the putt low, her lead narrowing to four strokes.

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Update #12: 6:38 p.m. EDT

In the battle for World No. 1, Stacy Lewis won't lose her spot. Second-ranked Yani Tseng shoots 74 Sunday to finish the tournament at 2 over. Top-ranked Lewis wraps up her week by nearly holing an eagle putt and getting to even par for the day, 1 under for the tourney.

Inbee Park, meanwhile, returns her lead to six strokes with a birdie at No. 9, pairs of birdies bookending her front nine. Caroline Hedwall joins So Yeon Ryu at 9 under thanks to a birdie at No. 12.

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Update #11: 6:25 p.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu joins Pornanong Phatlum at 8 under with her third birdie in four holes – then birdies the 12th to move to 9 under; Ryu is 5 under through 12.

Caroline Hedwall also gets to 8 under with an eagle at the par-5 11th.

But Inbee Park returns to 14 under with a birdie at No. 8, maintaining a lead of five strokes.

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Update #10: 6:08 p.m. EDT

At No. 6, Inbee Park cards her first bogey since No. 14 during her second round, which takes her to 13 under for the tournament. Her lead is still five after she pars No. 7 and Pornanong Phatlum can't quite get a birdie putt to fall at No. 9.

So Yeon Ryu and Lizette Salas are another stroke back at 7 under after Ryu birdies No. 10, her second in three holes, and Salas cards her sixth straight par since opening with a double bogey.

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Update #9: 5:57 p.m. EDT

Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko is in the clubhouse and will finish as the tournament's low amateur at 2 under. Alabama Crimson Tide golfer Stephanie Meadow is next best of those who won't take a check home, finishing 1 over.

Leader Inbee Park pars the 5th to stay at 14 under and leading by six over second-place Pornanong Phatlum, who pars the 8th.

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Update #8: 5:46 p.m. EDT

Pornanong Phatlum narrows the lead with a birdie at the par-4 7th, pulling to 8 under and within six of leader Inbee Park. Park and Lizette Salas par the 4th.

Suzann Pettersen joins Salas at 7 under with a birdie at the 6th.

So Yeon Ryu moves to 6 under with a birdie at No. 8, her second of the day. Karine Icher also stands 6 under after a birdie at No. 5 gets her back to even par for the day and T-5.

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Update #7: 5:32 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park still has a lot of ground to cover, but a par at No. 3 keeps her at 14 under and does nothing to hurt her chances of winning. Lizette Salas also pars No. 3 and Pornanong Phatlum pars No. 6 as they remain T-2, seven strokes back.

Giulia Sergas birdies five straight holes to join the T-4 group at 6 under. Today, she's 5 under through 14.

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Update #6: 5:19 p.m. EDT

Make it seven: Inbee Park birdies again to increase her lead as Lizette Salas recovers with a par. Pornanong Phatlum pars No. 5 to remain T-2 at 7 under.

Cristie Kerr gets to 6 under for the week, birdieing No. 9 for a 4-under front. She's T-4 with Suzann Pettersen, Angela Stanford and Karrie Webb.

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Update #5: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Catriona Matthew is making a bid for the day's low round, birdieing No. 9 to move to 4 under for the day and 5 under for the tournament. Shanshan Feng still has the day's low round, in the clubhouse with a 5-under 67 that got her to 2 under for the week.

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Update #4: 4:57 p.m. EDT

An eventful opening hole for the final group of the day: Inbee Park birdies to extend her lead, while Lizette Salas double bogeys to fall to 7 under, T-2 with Pornanong Phatlum six shots back of Park.

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Update #3: 4:48 p.m. EDT

Credit Natalie Gulbis with a strong finish: After bogeys at Nos. 4 and 6, Gulbis steadied herself with a pair of pars – then birdied every other hole starting with No. 9 to finish her day with a 3-under 69 and end the tournament 1 under.

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Update #2: 4:36 p.m. EDT

Five amateurs made the cut:

Lydia Ko leads that group at 2 under with three holes left to play; the 15-year-old is 3 under today.

Stephanie Meadow is at 2 over with four holes to play; the Alabama Crimson Tide golfer is 1 over today.

Ashlan Ramsey is in the clubhouse at 2 over; the Clemson commit posted a 1-under 71 that matches her opening round.

Angel Yin is in the clubhouse at 5 over; the 14-year-old posted a 1-under 71.

Camilla Hedberg is in the clubhouse at 13 over; the Florida Gators golfer shot 78 today.

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Update #1: 4:06 p.m. EDT

With the final group about 15 minutes from teeing off, a couple of vets are doing their best to get into the mix. Cristie Kerr and Ayako Uehara have two birdies in their first three holes and have moved to 4 under. That's still well back of leader Inbee Park (12 under) and second-place Lizette Salas (9 under), but only two back of a group of six golfers who are T-3 at 6 under.

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Early risers

World No. 5 Shanshan Feng is 5 under today, moving to 2 under for the week. Feng had struggled to make the cut but is showing why she's highly ranked with 5 birdies on the front nine during a bogey-free round through 12 holes today.

Julieta Granada of Paraguay is 4 under through 13, which has gotten her to 1 under for the week.

And an eagle at No. 2 has helped Alison Walshe get to 3 under today through 10, 2 under for the week.

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Weather conditions

It doesn't get much better than this: Temperatures in the 80s and winds calmer than they have been at times this week. Mother Nature is doing all she can to create favorable scoring conditions for the final round.

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Saturday's coverage

TEE TIMES: Tee times for Sunday's final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Pairings.

5 THINGS: Inbee Park was unflappable on the greens, putting only 28 times on her way to a 5-under 67 that gave her a three-shot lead over Lizette Salas. 5 Things to know about the third round in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Story.

SUPPORT SYSTEM: Jessica Korda stands amid a cluster of players tied for third here at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. That could work to her advantage as she’s one of many faced with the pressure of posting a number Sunday that would spoil the Inbee Park parade. Story.

TRACKER: Inbee Park has taken a three-shot lead at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, moving to 12 under after shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday. See how it all unfolded.

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Friday's coverage

PARK IN RARE FORM: Inbee Park has a chance to contend at the Kraft Nabisco Championship for the first time in her career, leading the LPGA's first major of the season after two rounds. Story

SALAS IN CONTENTION: Lizette Salas handles the pressure of finding the rough during Friday's 18th with an up-and-down from the fairway to scramble for par – showing the kind of clutch ability she showed at USC. Story

SHIN AILING, CREAMER ENDURING: Jiyai Shin hits 25 fairways in the first two rounds of the Kraft Nabisco Championship despite an ailing lower back, while Paula Creamer is enduring some strong family emotions this week. Notebook

ANCHORING ON TOP: Jodi Ewart Shadoff has been a co-leader during the first two rounds of the Kraft Nabisco Championship – and jokes that her anchored putting stroke doesn't exactly help much in the big picture. Story.

TEE TIMES: Tee times for the third round of the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Click here.

TRACKER: With a bunched-up leaderboard, the Kraft Nabisco Championship provided an entertaining second round in Southern California. How it happened.

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Thursday's coverage

LESSONS LEARNED: Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko fired even-par 72s Thursday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, but it is the overall lesson that Wie can offer that Ko will learn from the most, says our Beth Ann Baldry. Story

MEADOW CLOSES STRONG: Starting on the back, Alabama's Stephanie Meadow double-bogeyed No. 13 and bogeyed No. 15. She had three birdies on the front to get to 1-over 73 for the day. Story

SMILING PETTERSEN: Suzann Pettersen says on-course enjoyment is the hardest part of the game for her. Thursday’s bogey-free 68, however, left a smile on her face. Notebook

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Wednesday's coverage

NEEDING A WIN: A victory this week would get former World No. 1 Yani Tseng back on course. Story

A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR KO: Modest 15-year-old Lydia Ko gathers in the Kraft Nabisco Championship experience. Notebook

STAFF PREDICTIONS: Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko lead picks for Kraft Nabisco Championship. Click here

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