Inbee Park Victor Again
Thereâ€™s something special about seeing Inbee Parkâ€™s name at the top of a leaderboard on Sunday night. As rich as the LPGA is in talent, Park and Stacy Lewis are at the head of the pack.
Park, who regained the top position in the Rolex World Rankings from Lewis just last week, added to her resume on Sunday with a win at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship Presented by Taiwan Mobile.
It was Parkâ€™s third victory of 2014; she and Lewis are the only three-time winners this season. It was also the 12th LPGA win of her career. That list of 12 includes the last two Wegmansâ€™ LPGA Championships, the U.S. Womenâ€™s Open in 2008 and 2013, and the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Park and Lewis played together on Sunday. Park had a four-shot cushion at the start of the day and wound up winning by two, after her 71 got her home at 22-under par 266. Lewis shot 69 to win the head-to-head matchup and finish second alone at 268.
Park is at her most dangerous with her putter in her hands but she wasnâ€™t putting up to her standards coming into this week. That changed after some extra work on the greens.â€
â€œMy putter was very good today,â€ she said. â€œOn Tuesday, I was putting on the greens for four hours, and tried to figure something out. So I had to go back to the beginning and change my posture a little bit and yeah, since then, my putter really started working this week and that’s been really the big key.â€
Playing with Lewis, who would have regained the top spot in the rankings with a win, helped Park stay focused, even with a sizable lead. It was the first time the two had been paired together in the final round.
â€œWe played in the first two rounds,â€ Park said, â€œbut it’s different in the final round. I think this was almost our first match together. If she had beat me it would have been really tough today. But I think being able to play good and under pressure, that gives me a lot of confidence.â€
For her part, Lewis viewed the occasion as the first of many final-round duals.
I don’t think this is the last time we’re battling at the end of a tournament. I think we’re both playing some really good golf right now, and it’s unfortunate I guess for the fans, it’s the end of the season, but we have a few tournaments left and hopefully we’ll do it again.