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Hee-Won Han claims five shot victory

South Korea's Hee-Won Han won her sixth career LPGA Tour title Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 in hot conditions for a five-stroke victory over Diana D'Alessio in the inaugural Honda LPGA Thailand.

Han, two strokes behind Nicole Castrale entering play Sunday, had eight birdies and three bogeys in the final round. She finished with a 14-under 202 total on the Amata Spring Country Club course and earned $195,000 for her second win of the year.

"This is my sixth win on the LPGA Tour, but I have never won by this much," Han said. "When I got to the 15th hole, actually after the ninth hole, I played pretty comfortable. I thought I played pretty good today. I'm very happy about the win.

D'Alessio finished with a 70.

"My putting saved me because I really didn't hit the ball all that well," D'Alessio said. "I had a lot of 4-, 5-, 6-footers for par. I pretty much made them all."

Castrale shot a 75 to tie for third at 8 under with Taiwanese star Candie Kung (69) and Gloria Park (71). Cristie Kerr (70), a three-time winner this year, was another shot back along with Carin Koch (68), Brittany Lang (70) and Christina Kim (73).

"I had a pretty good week," Kung said. "I swung the club well and I was making some putts here and there. That was the difference, I was making putts. I'm happy with this week. It was a little hot out there, but we survived."

Han, the LPGA Corning Classic winner in late May, hit a 9-wood to 4 feet to set up a birdie on the 533-yard, par-5 second hole, then made four straight birdies on Nos. 4-7. She holed a 5-foot putt on No. 4, chipped in on the par-3 fifth, hit a 9-wood to 5 feet on the sixth and two-putted from 8 feet on the par-5 seventh.

She dropped a stroke with a three-putt bogey on No. 9, but got it back with a 4-foot putt on the par-5 11th. She added 6- and 10-foot birdie putts on Nos. 14 and 17 to offset bogeys on Nos. 16 and 18.

"I was having all perfect iron shots," she said. "I did three-putt on nine and 18, but everything was pretty good. My irons and my putting were pretty good today."

The tour will remain in Asia the next two weeks for the KOLON-Hana Bank Championship in South Korea and the Mizuno Classic in Japan.

"I'm going back to my hotel and my mom and dad are going to be very happy about this," Han said. "Then I'm going back to Korea, so it should be a good week."

 




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