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Round 4 - Wire-to-wire 13th win for Park

March 08, 2015

World No. 2 Inbee Park defeated No. 1 Lydia Ko and No. 3 Stacy Lewis in the final round to win the 2015 HSBC Women’s Champions after leading wire-to-wire. Sunday featured the marquee match-up everyone wanted to see and Inbee Park walked away on top thanks to a bogey-free tournament. It was the 13th victory of her career.

Of her wire-to-wire win, Inbee said, “That’s a big accomplishment for me, and I think I’ve done that probably once before only, and to have a pressure every day since Thursday, I think it’s something that I should be really proud of. I mean, I think it’s a lot harder to do wire to wire than coming from behind.”

Park hasn’t carded a bogey since the third round of the Honda LPGA Thailand, a streak of five consecutive bogey-free rounds. After her win, she couldn’t believe she hadn’t made a bogey for 72 holes

“This week was just incredible,” Park reflected. “I don’t think I can even believe myself that I didn’t make any bogeys for 72 holes. I mean, if I thought about bogeys, when am I going to make bogey; if I was afraid of the bogeys, I’d probably make bogeys. But I thought, whatever happens, it’s just meant to be.”

Park, whose previous best finish at the HSBC Women’s Champions was a T4 in 2014, will remain the No. 2 player in the world after besting Ko by two strokes today. Ko walked away impressed with the performance she saw.

“She played great all week,” Ko said of Inbee. “No bogeys around here and on a course where you can hit a good shot and you can get bad luck. She made no bogeys. That’s pretty phenomenal.”

Lewis, who was even par for the day, wasn’t able to keep pace with Park and Ko as the two pulled away in the end.

“It was fun out there, Lewis said of playing with Park and Ko. “It was fun being in the final group. That’s where you want to be. But even par usually doesn’t cut it.”

Leaderboard
Player 
R1
R2
R3
R4
To Par
Inbee Park
66
69  
 
68
70
-15
Lydia Ko
68
70 
67
70
-13
Stacy Lewis 
69
69
67
72
-11

 

WHO HAS WON the HSBC Women’s Champions (*Won in a playoff)
Inbee Park becomes the eighth different winner of the HSBC Women’s Champions. Below is the list of past champions in Singapore.

WHO HAS WON the HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS (*Won in a playoff)
Player  Year
Inbee Park 2015
Paula Creamer 2014*
Stacy Lewis  2013
Angela Stanford 2012*
Karrie Webb 2011
Ai Miyazato 2010
Jiyai Shin 2009
Lorena Ochoa 2008

 

Rolex projections:
Lydia Ko remained the No. 1 player in the world even after her runner-up finish to Inbee Park at the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Park won the bet:
Prior to the start of the 2015 HSBC Women’s Champions, Inbee Park made a bet with her dad. She thought the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club was a tough course and she was happy if she just shot par. It provided her a little extra motivation this week.

The bet was $500 if she made birdie and double, $1000 if she made bogey. Final score: Inbee $7,500 and her dad $0.

“I think it ended up really nicely, Inbee joked. “It gave me extra motivation I guess. It’s so fun and something other to motivate on and something else to concentrate on. Yeah, it’s good to have a family here and they are big energy. This week just went so quick. I was just having — after golf, I just have dinner with them and kind of chat with them. Every day went so quick, I didn’t have to think about so much golf when I’m not on the golf course, so I think that was a big help.”

Good sport:
Long after her runner-up finish at the HSBC Women’s Champions, Lydia Ko stood and signed autographs for fans and posed for photos. Even as she walked off 18, she had a smile on her face and was waving to her fans.

After two consecutive wins, she wasn’t able to come away with the third but she wasn’t disappointed.

“On this course, it’s not that hard to lose shots,” Ko said. “There are some lip outs and there are so many close ones. But I finished well with a birdie on 18, and I had a great stretch of three weeks, and I would have never imagined to have one second place and two wins.”

As for her plans tonight, she will spend it just like any other normal 17-year old and go to the Night Safari in Singapore before heading back to the U.S. tomorrow.

Numbers to know:
1 - Number of wire-to-wire winners this season on the LPGA Tour. Inbee becomes the first since Christina Kim at the 2014 Lorena Ochoa Invitational
5- Number of winners in 2015 who were born in Korea
8 - Number of different winners at the HSBC Women’s Champions
13- Inbee Park now has 13 career LPGA wins
92- Consecutive holes played without making bogey for Inbee Park

Quote of the day:
“I’ll probably play a lot more with Lydia, a lot more often. I just can’t believe that I’m playing with somebody who can’t even drink (laughter).” - Inbee Park when asked about playing with No. 1 Lydia Ko in today’s final round

Lydia Ko Takes Home February’s Kia Most Compelling Performance Award
Lydia Ko’s sixth career LPGA victory at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open has been named the 2015 season’s first Kia Most Compelling Performance.
In her last eight LPGA starts, Ko has now won twice and posted six additional top-10 finishes dating back to last year. With her victory in Australia, Ko became the youngest player in history -- male or female -- to achieve 10 professional wins. Jiyai Shin had previously held that distinction at 19-years-old.

The 2015 Kia Most Compelling Performance Award winner will be announced at the season-ending 2015 CME Group Tour Championship following an online fan vote (fan voting begins October 1, 2015).

For more information on the Kia Performance Awards, visit http://www.lpga.com/players/kia-performance-awards

Show me the eagles:
Six total eagles were made over the weekend at the HSBC Women’s Champions and players raised $6,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project as part of the season-long Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends.

The six eagles this weekend pushes the season-total to $29,000.

Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends is a season-long charity program that will be tied into the Race to the CME Globe. Each Saturday and Sunday at LPGA tournaments, CME Group will donate $1,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® for each eagle that is recorded. This amount will increase to $5,000 for each eagle during the weekend of the CME Group Tour Championship and a formal check will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project® during the trophy ceremony at the CME Group Tour Championship. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Round 3 - World Nos 1, 2, 3 battling for title

March 07, 2015

Tomorrow’s final grouping features World No. 1, 2 and 3 going head-to-head-to head in the final round of the HSBC Women’s Champions. No. 2 Inbee Park carded another bogey-free round today and has a two stroke lead over No. 1 Lydia Ko (-11) and No. 3 Stacy Lewis (-11). It’s the matchup that everyone wants to see.

“It will be great fun,” Lewis said about the matchup. “It’s great for the fans and for our tour. This leaderboard all week has been unbelievable.”

Neither Park or Lewis has a chance to take back the No. 1 ranking from 17-year old Ko, but it’s something that Park has on her radar for the near future.

“I want it, I just know I want it, but I’m just not going to push myself too hard to get something,” Park said. “I mean, it’s something that if you push for, it’s just hard to get. Just a couple of wins and playing great golf, and it’s going to come, so I’m just going to not rush anything and just play good golf.”

Ko is looking for her third consecutive win in as many weeks after winning the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open two weeks ago and then her national championship, the Women’s New Zealand Open this past week.

“Yeah, that would be I guess a dream three weeks, but I’m just going to try my best,” Ko said of what it would mean to win three consecutive tournaments played. “The girls are playing good golf and it’s a tough course. Just one shot can cost you a couple.”

Park is looking for the 13th LPGA victory of her career while Ko is looking for her seventh and second LPGA win this season and Lewis is looking for her 12th career victory.

The final group tees off at 9:45am in Singapore and is a must-see TV event for golf fans.

Leaderboard
Player   R1  R2 R3 R4 To Par
Inbee Park 66 69 68 -13
Lydia Ko 68 70 67 -11
Stacy Lewis 69 69 67 -11
Anna Nordqvist 69 70 68 -9
Azahara Munoz  70 67 70 -9
Suzann Pettersen 71 68 68 -9

Look-a-likes on the course:
Anna Nordqvist and Danielle Kang looked awfully similar today on the course. The plan to dress alike was hatched when they both attended a Taylor-Made Adidas outing on Monday of this week. They decided that if they were paired together, they would dress in the same outfit and they had the chance in the third round of the HSBC Women’s Champions today.

“I had a feeling we might get paired when I saw the scoreboard yesterday,” Nordqvist explained. “And so I told her, you get the turquoise outfit, and she said, yeah, I do, and then I didn’t hear back from her. I said, whatever, I’ll put it on. This morning, sure enough, she had it on.”

Nordqvist fired a 68 today and will tee on Sunday just four strokes behind leader Inbee Park. She won’t be paired again with her twin, Danielle Kang, but she will be in the hunt for her fifth career win on the LPGA Tour.

This week: The LPGA Tour is in Singapore this week for the HSBC Women’s Champions, highlighted by a field that includes 19 out of the top-20 in the Rolex Rankings. At last year’s HSBC Women’s Champions, Paula Creamer sank what may have been the putt of her career to clinch her 10th career LPGA victory. Creamer drained a 75-foot eagle putt on the second sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Spain’s Azahara Munoz. “The putt heard round the world” was one of the most exciting finishes in golf last year and we will certainly see the finish on highlight reels for years to come.

Defending champion Paula Creamer is T50 at +3 for the tournament.

Back in the hunt:
Last year, Azahara Munoz was left standing on 18 green watching Paula Creamer celebrate an inprobable putt to win the 2014 HSBC Women’s Champions. She finished runner up last year but she has found herself in a very similar position to last year. Munoz is three strokes off the lead heading into the final round, same as in 2014.

She has the opportunity to sneak up on the final group this time. “To be honest I wish I was leading by seven,” Munoz joked after her round.

But still she likes her chances tomorrow given the position she put herself in.

“The closer you are to the lead, the better,” Munoz said. “I’m playing really well. I’m right there, four back, and still 18 holes on this golf course, anything can happen.”

Rolex projections:
Lydia Ko will remain the No. 1 player in the world regardless of the outcome of tomorrow’s final round at the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Numbers to know:
0 - Number of bogeys for Inbee Park over her last three rounds
3 - If Lydia Ko wins the HSBC Women’s Champions, she would have won three consecutive tournaments
7 - Number of different winners at the HSBC Women’s Champions
8 - This is the eighth edition of the HSBC Women’s Champions, which began in 2008
10 -Number of professional wins for Lydia Ko
18- There are 18 players from South Korea in the field this week
26- Number of putts for Stacy Lewis in the third round today
33- Number of official events in 2015, up from 23 in 2011
62 million (USD)- The total purse money in 2015, up from $41.4M in 2011
69.75 - Lydia Ko’s scoring average this year, which leads the Tour
410- Number of live televised hours in 2015, the most in LPGA history

Quote of the day: “The final group on a Sunday is where you want to be. Doesn’t matter who is in the group. This is the position I want to be in tomorrow.”- Stacy Lewis on if she preferred to be playing with the other two, or to be separated

Round 2 - Ciganda and Park tied for R2 lead

March 06, 2015

Inbee Park and Carlota Ciganda head into the weekend tied at the top of the leaderboard at 9-under at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Ciganda started the day T43 and thanks to the low round of the day, a 6-under 66, she ended the day tied for the lead for the second time in her career. The last time she was in this position was the 2014 CME Group Tour Championship when she was the co-leader after Rd. 2, only to lose in a playoff to Lydia Ko on Sunday that week.

Ciganda is in the hunt for her first career LPGA win. The Spaniard joined the Tour in 2012, the same year she was named the LET Rookie of the Year, Order of Merit winner and the Player of the Year and heads into the weekend not putting any pressure on herself.

“Yeah, I think I’m ready and I think it helps being here a few years,” Ciganda responded when asked if she feels ready to win. “So last year, I finished playing really good in the LPGA and LET. I’m confident, I’m happy, so I’m going to try my best. And if I win, good; and if I don’t win, I just want to keep learning and just keep playing.”

Park carded another bogey free round with her streak now at three consecutive dating back to the final round of last week’s Honda LPGA Thailand. With birdies on three of the final six holes, the World No. 2 was able to catch Ciganda in the end.

“I was lucky enough to hole the last three out of six holes, so I think I thought today was going to end with just no birdies. Nothing wanted to drop today.” Park said. “It could have been a better day but I’m really satisfied the way I finished, especially bogey through two days is a great result.”

Leaderboard
Player R1 R2 R3 R4 To Par
Carlota Ciganda  69 66 -9
Inbee Park 66 69 -9
Azahara Munoz  70 67 -7
4 Players tied for 4th -6

Lucky charm: Carlota Ciganda’s father, Jesus, is with her this week in Singapore and his positive attitude has helped her to climb the leaderboard at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Ciganda (-9) had the low round of the day on Friday and afterwards met with the media with her proud dad by her side.

“He’s been a really good influence to me my whole life, and yeah, when he comes, he’s very positive and when I’m playing good, he’s always telling me to have fun out there, to enjoy playing golf. I think that’s the main thing,” Ciganda explained the importance of his presence to the media.

Through Carlota’s translation, Jesus proudly told the media he doesn’t get nervous watching her. “He’s very used to it, because he’s been traveling with me quite a bit and following me at tournaments, so he’s used to it. He loves the sport and he knows that we can win or lose.”

Looking for her first career win, Ciganda feels ready.

“I’m feeling confident and happy, hitting the ball good,” Ciganda said. “I’m happy with my caddie. My dad is here, my uncle and other friends. We are having a great time outside the golf course and I think that’s also very important to enjoy yourself when you’re not on the golf course.”

This week: The LPGA Tour is in Singapore this week for the HSBC Women’s Champions, highlighted by a field that includes 19 out of the top-20 in the Rolex Rankings. At last year’s HSBC Women’s Champions, Paula Creamer sank what may have been the putt of her career to clinch her 10th career LPGA victory. Creamer drained a 75-foot eagle putt on the second sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Spain’s Azahara Munoz. “The putt heard round the world” was one of the most exciting finishes in golf last year and we will certainly see the finish on highlight reels for years to come.

Defending champion Paula Creamer is T34 at +1 for the tournament.

Rolex projections: Lydia Ko will remain the No. 1 player in the world regardless of the outcome of the HSBC Women’s Champions.

 

Round 1 - Park and Tseng leading in Singapore

March 05, 2015

Inbee Park and Yani Tseng each shot a 6-under 66 in the first round of the HSBC Women’s Champions and sit, tied atop the leaderboard, one stroke ahead of Angela Stanford (-5). World No. 2 Park was one of the first players off and was even through eight but birdied the ninth and caught fire on the back nine with five more birdies.

“The front nine is a tougher nine on the Serapong Golf Course,” Park noted. “I didn’t play too aggressively on the front nine, but the back nine I had a lot of shots. I hit a lot of shots close and I was able to hole a lot of putts on the back nine, which we have to take advantage of. Yeah, it was a good round, bogey free round, a very solid round, and I putted very good today, so I’m very happy with that.”

Tseng, coming off a T2 finish last week at the Honda LPGA Thailand birdied four of her last seven holes to build momentum heading into the second round. At the start of the 2013 season, Tseng was the World No. 1, by the end of the year she had fallen to No. 34 and by the end of 2014 she had bottomed out at No. 83.

She’s thinking positively again and the results on the course are showing that.

“This year, I guess I change new trainer, new coach and I start working on mental more and more, and I feel like awareness myself, how I’m positioned right now, it actually helps me a lot, too.” Tseng said. “And self talk is one of the biggest things out there, because like I say, I tried to be patient and if I don’t tell myself to be patient, it’s hard to be patient. I’m very, very happy. I’m happy that I’m playing the golf again. It’s not thinking or I’m working out there. “

Leaderboard
Player R1 R2 R3 R4 To Par
Inbee Park 66 -6
Yani Tseng 66 -6
Angela Stanford 67 -5
5 Players tied 68 -4

 

Ace for Lexi: Thanks to an ace on the par-3 14th hole today in the first round of the HSBC Women’s Championship, Lexi Thompsonshot a 3-under 69 and is T9. It was her fifth career hole-in-one and her second on the LPGA with the other coming in the final round of the 2013 Marathon Classic.

“I hit a low controlled 7-iron from 150,” Thompson described. “It was looking good the whole way, so I was just waiting for it to drop. I let go of my club. I don’t even know what I did honestly.”

What she did was high-five her equally excited competitors, Lydia Ko and Michelle Wie and you couldn’t wipe the smile off her face.

“I mean, there’s no feeling like that,” Thompson said. “Just spur of the moment, drop the club, do whatever, yell, who knows.”

This week:
The LPGA Tour is in Singapore this week for the HSBC Women’s Champions, highlighted by a field that includes 19 out of the top-20 in the Rolex Rankings. At last year’s HSBC Women’s Champions, Paula Creamer sank what may have been the putt of her career to clinch her 10th career LPGA victory. Creamer drained a 75-foot eagle putt on the second sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Spain’s Azahara Munoz. “The putt heard round the world” was one of the most exciting finishes in golf last year and we will certainly see the finish on highlight reels for years to come.

WHO HAS WON the HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS (*Won in a playoff)
Player  Year
Paula Creamer 2014*
Stacy Lewis  2013
Angela Stanford 2012*
Karrie Webb 2011
Ai Miyazato 2010
Jiyai Shin 2009
Lorena Ochoa 2008

 

Rolex projections:
Lydia Ko will remain the No. 1 player in the world regardless of the outcome of the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Number to know:
5 - Number of career holes-in-one for Lexi Thompson - she has two in competition
7 - Number of different winners at the HSBC Women’s Champions
8 - This is the eighth edition of the HSBC Women’s Champions, which began in 2008
10 -Number of professional wins for Lydia Ko
18- There are 18 players from South Korea in the field this week
20- There are 20 players from the U.S. in the field this week, the most of any of the 20 different countries represented
33- Number of official events in 2015, up from 23 in 2011
48- Rolex Player of the Year points for Amy Yang, who leads Lydia Ko by two points
62 million (USD)- The total purse money in 2015, up from $41.4M in 2011
69.75 - Lydia Ko’s scoring average this year, which leads the Tour
275 - Driving Distance Average for Yani Tseng today in the first round
410- Number of live televised hours in 2015, the most in LPGA history

Quote of the day:
“Oh, it’s fun. It’s so much fun. Like I tell my friends, my parents on the website, they don’t have to scroll down to see my name. They can just see right on top the first page.” - Yani Tseng joking to the media about how it feels to be atop the leaderboard again

Scores

Pos. Player Rounds Total Score Prize Money
1 Inbee Park 66 - 69 - 68 - 70 273 -15 $210,000.00
2 Lydia Ko 68 - 70 - 67 - 70 275 -13 $133,258.00
3 Stacy Lewis 69 - 69 - 67 - 72 277 -11 $96,669.00
4T Shanshan Feng 70 - 71 - 68 - 69 278 -10 $61,406.00
4T Azahara Munoz 70 - 67 - 70 - 71 278 -10 $61,406.00
4T So Yeon Ryu 70 - 69 - 69 - 70 278 -10 $61,406.00
7 Caroline Masson 71 - 68 - 72 - 68 279 -9 $41,221.00
8T Ilhee Lee 72 - 72 - 71 - 65 280 -8 $31,372.00
8T Anna Nordqvist 69 - 70 - 68 - 73 280 -8 $31,372.00
8T Carlota Ciganda 69 - 66 - 74 - 71 280 -8 $31,372.00
8T Hyo Joo Kim 70 - 74 - 69 - 67 280 -8 $31,372.00
12T Suzann Pettersen 71 - 68 - 68 - 74 281 -7 $23,273.00
12T Na Yeon Choi 71 - 74 - 67 - 69 281 -7 $23,273.00
12T Lizette Salas 70 - 72 - 69 - 70 281 -7 $23,273.00
12T Lexi Thompson 69 - 75 - 70 - 67 281 -7 $23,273.00
16T Mo Martin 68 - 72 - 73 - 70 283 -5 $19,480.00
16T Sei Young Kim 73 - 73 - 70 - 67 283 -5 $19,480.00
18T Brittany Lincicome 74 - 71 - 67 - 72 284 -4 $17,413.00
18T Jenny Shin 68 - 70 - 73 - 73 284 -4 $17,413.00
18T Jessica Korda 72 - 67 - 70 - 75 284 -4 $17,413.00
21T Catriona Matthew 72 - 72 - 71 - 70 285 -3 $15,321.00
21T Karrie Webb 68 - 70 - 74 - 73 285 -3 $15,321.00
21T Yani Tseng 66 - 75 - 71 - 73 285 -3 $15,321.00
21T Danielle Kang 70 - 70 - 72 - 73 285 -3 $15,321.00
25T Beatriz Recari 72 - 74 - 70 - 70 286 -2 $13,680.00
25T Haru Nomura 70 - 70 - 75 - 71 286 -2 $13,680.00
27T Karine Icher 74 - 71 - 70 - 72 287 -1 $12,403.00
27T Chella Choi 73 - 70 - 73 - 71 287 -1 $12,403.00
27T Mina Harigae 73 - 73 - 69 - 72 287 -1 $12,403.00
30T Jane Park 73 - 71 - 72 - 72 288   $10,798.00
30T Pornanong Phatlum 75 - 71 - 69 - 73 288   $10,798.00
30T Jodi Ewart Shadoff 70 - 69 - 75 - 74 288   $10,798.00
30T Minjee Lee 70 - 73 - 75 - 70 288   $10,798.00
34T Christina Kim 73 - 75 - 69 - 72 289 1 $9,338.00
34T Belen Mozo 72 - 71 - 72 - 74 289 1 $9,338.00
34T Mi Hyang Lee 73 - 72 - 70 - 74 289 1 $9,338.00
37T Meena Lee 71 - 70 - 76 - 73 290 2 $7,328.00
37T Angela Stanford 67 - 74 - 74 - 75 290 2 $7,328.00
37T Julieta Granada 74 - 74 - 72 - 70 290 2 $7,328.00
37T Hee Young Park 69 - 76 - 70 - 75 290 2 $7,328.00
37T Gerina Piller 71 - 74 - 75 - 70 290 2 $7,328.00
37T Mariajo Uribe 68 - 76 - 74 - 72 290 2 $7,328.00
37T Mirim Lee 75 - 75 - 68 - 72 290 2 $7,328.00
37T Austin Ernst 73 - 72 - 75 - 70 290 2 $7,328.00
37T In Gee Chun 74 - 71 - 74 - 71 290 2 $7,328.00
46T Cristie Kerr 73 - 74 - 71 - 73 291 3 $5,544.00
46T Morgan Pressel 73 - 72 - 70 - 76 291 3 $5,544.00
46T I.K. Kim 74 - 70 - 74 - 73 291 3 $5,544.00
46T Line Vedel 78 - 69 - 73 - 71 291 3 $5,544.00
46T Jing Yan 72 - 73 - 73 - 73 291 3 $5,544.00
51T Amy Yang 71 - 72 - 76 - 73 292 4 $4,742.00
51T Michelle Wie 73 - 70 - 74 - 75 292 4 $4,742.00
51T Pernilla Lindberg 73 - 73 - 74 - 72 292 4 $4,742.00
51T Q Baek 77 - 69 - 73 - 73 292 4 $4,742.00
55T Paula Creamer 74 - 71 - 74 - 74 293 5 $4,304.00
55T Eun-Hee Ji 72 - 74 - 72 - 75 293 5 $4,304.00
57T Brittany Lang 72 - 75 - 71 - 76 294 6 $4,013.00
57T Haeji Kang 72 - 74 - 74 - 74 294 6 $4,013.00
59 Lee-Anne Pace 72 - 70 - 79 - 76 297 9 $3,794.00
60 Caroline Hedwall 75 - 76 - 66 - 81 298 10 $3,648.00
61 Sandra Gal 73 - 71 - 78 - 78 300 12 $3,576.00
62 Mi Jung Hur 78 - 71 - 76 - 76 301 13 $3,502.00
63 Sock Hwee Koh 79 - 77 - 76 - 75 307 19 $0.00

 

Preview

DATES:  March 05-08
SITE:  Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
COURSE ARCHITECT:  Serapong Course, Ronald Fream (1982), modif. Gene Bates (2007)
PAR:  72
YARDAGE:  7293
PRIZE MONEY: $1,400,000
WINNER: $210,000
Click here for tournament stats & info

The LPGA Tour is in Singapore this week for the HSBC Women’s Champions, highlighted by a field that includes 19 out of the top-20 in the Rolex Rankings. World No. 1 Lydia Ko returns to Tour this week after winning the New Zealand Women’s Open last week, her second consecutive victory in as many weeks.

At last year’s HSBC Women’s Champions, Paula Creamer sank what may have been the putt of her career to clinch her 10th career LPGA victory. Creamer drained a 75-foot eagle putt on the second sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Spain’s Azahara Munoz. “The putt heard round the world” was one of the most exciting finishes in golf last year and we will certainly see the finish on highlight reels for years to come.

“No, never,” Creamer said when asked if she will ever get tired of seeing the replays. “I never will get tired of that.”

The victory snapped a 79 event winless streak for Creamer that dated back to the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open Championship. It was a moment she will always remember and her favorite win.

“I hadn’t won for so long, and that drought and the fashion that it went down, just a playoff, and that long, the reaction, everything that came about.” Creamer said. “I just think that it was definitely a moment that I will remember, more in a personal way.”

Creamer has played the HSBC Women’s Champions six times coming into this year, and has four, top-3 finishes.

WHO HAS WON the HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS (*Won in a playoff)
Player  Year
Paula Creamer 2014*
Stacy Lewis  2013
Angela Stanford 2012*
Karrie Webb 2011
Ai Miyazato 2010
Jiyai Shin 2009
Lorena Ochoa 2008

 

Ko breaking records:
World No. 1 Lydia Ko has won each of the last two tournaments she has played in, the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open two weeks ago and then her national championship, the Women’s New Zealand Open this past week. She is in the field this week and looking for her third consecutive win and second LPGA victory this year.

Michelle Wie is one of the many LPGA Tour players who are not surprised she is the No. 1 player in the world despite her young age.

“You know, it’s not very surprising that she’s world No. 1,” Wie said of Ko. “She’s probably the most solid, well rounded golfer out there right now. It’s very shocking that she’s 17 when you look at her, like you always forget. She’s so mature. She’s got such a good head on her shoulders.”

Ko has now won 10 career professional events and she is just 17-years old. Jiyai Shin was 19 years old when she won her 10th career professional event, Nancy Lopez was 22, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were each 24 years old when they hit the mark and finally Annika Sorenstam was 25. Once again, Lydia Ko finds herself atop most leaderboards.

Here is a look at Lydia Ko’s career wins:

Year  Event  Tour
2012 Bing Lee Samsung Women's NSW Open ALPGA ((as an amateur)
2012 CN Canadian Women's Open LPGA (as an amateur)
2013 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open LET
2013 CN Canadian Women's Open LPGA (as an amateur)
2013 Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters KLPGA
2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic LPGA
2014 Marathon Classic LPGA
2014 CME Group Tour Championship LPGA
2015 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open LPGA
2015 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open LET

 

2015 is a new year:
Michelle Wie had a career year in 2014, 13 top-10 finishes and two wins, including the U.S. Women’s Open championship. It was her dream to win the U.S. Women’s Open and she was able to finally do that but she is ready to move on from 2014 and start fresh this year.

“It’s a whole new year,” Wie said of 2015. “I kind of put 2014 away. I took a lot of positives from it. I gained a lot of confidence from it. I think just knowing that I could do it, that it’s possible; I think it inspires me every day to go out there and work even harder. I put that away. All my past, my lows, my high, it’s done. You take the positive from it, you learn from your mistakes and you move on. I’m just focusing on the present. I just want to focus on what I need to do to play better. “

Her thoughts on her first start this year, three tournaments in?

“It’s definitely not the start that I really wanted,” Wie said. “But at the same time, I think every week has been a learning experience for me and that’s kind of what I want from this year. I want every week, I want to learn from it and just get a little bit better each and every week. I just want to become a more solid golfer and see how I can get there.”

Number to know:
2 - Number of LPGA Tour wins for Amy Yang
7 - Number of different winners at the HSBC Women’s Champions
8 - This is the eighth edition of the HSBC Women’s Champions, which began in 2008
18- There are 18 players from South Korea in the field this week
20- There are 20 players from the U.S. in the field this week, the most of any of the 20 different countries represented
33- Number of official events in 2015, up from 23 in 2011
48- Rolex Player of the Year points for Amy Yang, who leads Lydia Ko by two points
62 million (USD)- The total purse money in 2015, up from $41.4M in 2011
69.75 - Lydia Ko’s scoring average this year, which leads the Tour
410- Number of live televised hours in 2015, the most in LPGA history

Olympics is the goal:
Paula Creamer has accomplished much in her nearly 10 year career, including 10 career LPGA victories and five Solheim Cup teams. One thing she hasn’t been able to do yet, though, is have an opportunity to represent her country at the Olymics.

“That is my No. 1 goal,” Creamer said of making the U.S. Olympic Team. “That is what I want to do. That is everything that I have ever wanted, to represent my country in the Olympics. I have a little bit over a year to kind of get my butt back into shape and get into that - - make that team.”

Quote of the day:
“Besides my U.S. Open trophy, it’s my only other trophy at my house, and I think that says a lot. So it’s not a picture on the wall but it is something that means a lot to me and I look at it pretty much every day I’m home. I see it and it reminds me of just perseverance of working hard.” -Paula Creamer explaining how she displays her trophy from last year’s HSBC Women’s Champions at her home in Florida

HSBC fashion show:
Eight of the world’s top women golfers today swapped the fairway for a fashion show as they launched the eighth annual HSBC Women’s Champions in spectacular style. Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie, defending HSBC Women’s champion Paula Creamer, Anna Nordqvist, Jessica Korda and Chella Choi walked the catwalk today to showcase the latest in Asian fashion.

Inspired by the beauty of Sentosa Golf Club where the star-studded field will compete this week, the elite group of golfers celebrated the launch of the tournament as they showcased the new Spring/Summer 2015 collection by pioneering lifestyle brand Shanghai Tang.





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