2013 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship Final Thoughts: Amy Yang Wins; Goodbye to Grace Park

Amy Yang, 2013 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship winner (click to enlarge)

Going into the 2013 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, if there were a list of the best players on tour without an LPGA victory, Amy Yang would be near the top if not in first place. She’s had a handful of 2nd place finishes and more than 2 dozen top 10s, all while hovering around the top 15 on the money list and scoring for 3 straight years, including a top 5 scoring finish in 2011. But nobody wants to be first among those who haven’t won. Now, Amy Yang takes her place as an LPGA winner, emerging from a playoff with Hee Kyung Seo as champion of the 2013 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship.

Amy Yang gets showered by Chella Choi and Hee Young Park

It was an afternoon of intriguing possibilities. KLPGA standout Sei Young Kim looked like she was poised to earn exemption onto the LPGA tour with a win until a final hole bogey. Hee Kyung Seo seemed in line to celebrate her upcoming wedding with her second LPGA title. For a little while, Michelle Wie was the leader in the clubhouse, awaiting the final groups to finish. In the end, an eagle 2 on the par 4 15th kickstarted Amy Yang on the road to victory. She added a birdie on 18 to tie Hee Kyung Seo at 9-under overall. They would play the par 5 18th again for the first playoff hole. Amy would settle matters with a 15 foot birdie putt for the win.

Grace Park bids farewell (click to enlarge)

I congratulate Amy Yang on her win, but the lasting memory for me will be a final farewell to the professional golf career of Grace Park. This blog probably doesn’t exist without the thrills and inspiration that Grace gave to her fans (including me) over her wonderful years on the course. I won’t go into another tribute to Grace. I have written a few already which can be found on this blog. Suffice it to say, I’m sure she would have preferred to have played a bit better here, but in all fairness, she hasn’t played any competitive golf in some time so just having her out there was the true gift for her fans.

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BIRDIES

Michelle Wie made a big rally fromm T22 to T3, showing that her form might just be coming back following a T12 at Sime Darby.

Suzann Pettersen continues her strong play with a T3 finish. It’s been said many times and I’ll say it again…Suzann has all the tools to be #1 and rule women’s golf.

Ha Neul Kim continues to make her American fans wish she were on the LPGA tour. She has a strong solo 6th place. She has the game to play in the States.

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AMY YANG

ANNA NORDQVIST

BRITTANY LINCICOME

GRACE PARK

HA NEUL KIM

HEE KYUNG SEO

JU YOUNG PARK

MICHELLE WIE

SANDRA GAL

SE RI PAK

SEI YOUNG KIM

SO YEON RYU

YOON KYUNG HEO

PAULA CREAMER

SUZANN PETTERSEN

JESSICA KORDA

CHELLA CHOI

with Se Ri Pak

NATALIE GULBIS

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 Total Earnings
1 T3 KOR
-9 F -3 67 71 69 207 $285,000
2 T6 KOR
-9 F -4 71 68 68 207 $173,411
T3 T15 USA
-8 F -6 69 73 66 208 $100,479
T3 T6 KOR
-8 F -3 71 68 69 208 $100,479
T3 T3 NOR
-8 F -2 69 69 70 208 $100,479
6 T6 KOR
-6 F -1 69 70 71 210 $64,085
7 T15 USA
-5 F -3 71 71 69 211 $53,642
T8 T15 USA
-4 F -2 70 72 70 212 $40,825
T8 T11 KOR
-4 F -1 73 68 71 212 $40,825
T8 10 KOR
-4 F E 69 71 72 212 $40,825
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T8 T1 SWE
-4 F +3 67 70 75 212 $40,825
T12 T22 ENG
-3 F -2 71 72 70 213 $29,431
T12 T22 KOR
-3 F -2 71 72 70 213 $29,431
T12 T15 SWE
-3 F -1 68 74 71 213 $29,431
T12 T11 KOR
-3 F E 73 68 72 213 $29,431
T12 T3 KOR
-3 F +3 67 71 75 213 $29,431
T17 T28 KOR
-2 F -3 74 71 69 214 $22,748
T17 T28 KOR
-2 F -3 72 73 69 214 $22,748
T17 T22 KOR
-2 F -1 71 72 71 214 $22,748
T17 T11 KOR
-2 F +1 72 69 73 214 $22,748
T17 T6 USA
-2 F +3 71 68 75 214 $22,748
T22 T53 DEU
-1 F -5 76 72 67 215 $18,514
T22 T44 KOR
-1 F -4 73 74 68 215 $18,514
T22 T28 USA
-1 F -2 71 74 70 215 $18,514
T22 T28 ESP
-1 F -2 69 76 70 215 $18,514
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T22 T15 KOR
-1 F +1 70 72 73 215 $18,514
T22 T11 KOR
-1 F +2 71 70 74 215 $18,514
T28 T53 KOR
E F -4 77 71 68 216 $15,214
T28 T28 USA
E F -1 73 72 71 216 $15,214
T28 T26 KOR
E F E 69 75 72 216 $15,214
T28 T22 KOR
E F +1 70 73 73 216 $15,214
T32 T53 KOR
+1 F -3 73 75 69 217 $12,684
T32 T44 USA
+1 F -2 71 76 70 217 $12,684
T32 T40 USA
+1 F -1 69 77 71 217 $12,684
T32 T28 TPE
+1 F E 75 70 72 217 $12,684
T32 T1 AUS
+1 F +8 67 70 80 217 $12,684
T37 T44 KOR
+2 F -1 76 71 71 218 $10,515
T37 T44 KOR
+2 F -1 76 71 71 218 $10,515
T37 T28 SWE
+2 F +1 71 74 73 218 $10,515
T37 T26 USA
+2 F +2 70 74 74 218 $10,515
T41 T28 FRA
+3 F +2 72 73 74 219 $9,115
T41 T28 JPN
+3 F +2 71 74 74 219 $9,115
T41 T28 KOR
+3 F +2 71 74 74 219 $9,115
T44 T53 KOR
+4 F E 73 75 72 220 $7,785
T44 T44 TPE
+4 F +1 74 73 73 220 $7,785
T44 T44 USA
+4 F +1 72 75 73 220 $7,785
T44 T40 THA
+4 F +2 74 72 74 220 $7,785
T44 T28 DEU
+4 F +3 73 72 75 220 $7,785
T49 T61 KOR
+5 F -2 73 78 70 221 $6,280
T49 T53 USA
+5 F +1 73 75 73 221 $6,280
T49 T44 KOR
+5 F +2 73 74 74 221 $6,280
T49 T40 ESP
+5 F +3 72 74 75 221 $6,280
T49 T28 KOR
+5 F +4 72 73 76 221 $6,280
T49 T15 USA
+5 F +7 71 71 79 221 $6,280
T49 T15 ITA
+5 F +7 70 72 79 221 $6,280
T56 60 USA
+6 F E 73 77 72 222 $5,411
T56 T44 KOR
+6 F +3 75 72 75 222 $5,411
T58 T71 KOR
+7 F -3 82 72 69 223 $4,866
T58 T64 ESP
+7 F -1 76 76 71 223 $4,866
T58 T58 USA
+7 F +2 75 74 74 223 $4,866
T58 T40 USA
+7 F +5 71 75 77 223 $4,866
T62 T67 KOR
+8 F -1 77 76 71 224 $4,462
T62 T67 USA
+8 F -1 76 77 71 224 $4,462
T62 T61 KOR
+8 F +1 77 74 73 224 $4,462
T65 T67 COL
+9 F E 75 78 72 225 $4,082
T65 T67 KOR
+9 F E 75 78 72 225 $4,082
T65 T64 USA
+9 F +1 76 76 73 225 $4,082
T65 T61 USA
+9 F +2 74 77 74 225 $4,082
T65 T58 USA
+9 F +4 73 76 76 225 $4,082
T70 T71 KOR
+11 F +1 76 78 73 227 $3,775
T70 T64 PRY
+11 F +3 79 73 75 227 $3,775
72 T44 NLD
+12 F +9 75 72 81 228 $3,702
73 T71 THA
+14 F +4 80 74 76 230 $3,655
74 T74 SCT
+18 F +5 77 80 77 234 $3,608
75 T76 JPN
+19 F +2 76 85 74 235 $3,564
76 T76 KOR
+22 F +5 79 82 77 238 $3,519
77 T74 KOR
+23 F +10 76 81 82 239 $3,474
78 78 USA
+26 F +5 79 86 77 242 $3,430

2013 LPGA WINNERS (number in parentheses indicate career LPGA victories)

Dates Tournament Location Winner
Feb 14-17 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Australia Australia South Korea Jiyai Shin (11)
Feb 21-24 Honda LPGA Thailand Thailand Thailand South Korea Inbee Park (4)
Feb 28-Mar 3 HSBC Women’s Champions Singapore Singapore United States Stacy Lewis (6)
Mar 14-17 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup United States Arizona United States Stacy Lewis (7)
Mar 21-24 Kia Classic United States California Spain Beatriz Recari (2)
Apr 4-7 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California South Korea Inbee Park (5)
Apr 17-20 LPGA Lotte Championship United States Hawaii Norway Suzann Pettersen (11)
Apr 25-28 North Texas LPGA Shootout United States Texas South Korea Inbee Park (6)
May 2-5 Kingsmill Championship United States Virginia United States Cristie Kerr (16)
May 16-19 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic United States Alabama United States Jennifer Johnson (1)
May 23-26 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic The Bahamas Bahamas South Korea Ilhee Lee (1)
May 31-Jun 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic United States New Jersey Australia Karrie Webb (39)
Jun 6-9 Wegmans LPGA Championship United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (7)
Jun 21-23 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas South Korea Inbee Park (8)
Jun 27-30 U.S. Women’s Open United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (9)
Jul 11-14 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Canada Ontario South Korea Hee-Young Park (2)
Jul 18-21 Marathon Classic United States Ohio Spain Beatriz Recari (3)
Aug 1-4 Ricoh Women’s British Open Scotland Scotland United States Stacy Lewis (8)
Aug 16-18 Solheim Cup United States Colorado European Union Europe
Aug 22-25 CN Canadian Women’s Open Canada Alberta New Zealand Lydia Ko (2) (a)
Aug 29-Sep 1 Safeway Classic United States Oregon Norway Suzann Pettersen (12)
Sep 12-15 The Evian Championship France France Norway Suzann Pettersen (13)
Oct 3-6 Reignwood LPGA Classic China China China Shanshan Feng (2)
Oct 10-13 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia United States Lexi Thompson (2)
Oct 18-20 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship South Korea South Korea South Korea Amy Yang (1)

2013 TOP 10 MONEY LEADERS THROUGH KEB-HANABANK CHAMPIONSHIP

Rank Change Player Country Events Prize
money($)
1 Steady Inbee Park  South Korea 21 2,335,460
2 Steady Suzann Pettersen  Norway 20 1,941,847
3 Steady Stacy Lewis  United States 23 1,764,236
4 Steady So Yeon Ryu  South Korea 21 1,161,093
5 Steady I.K. Kim  South Korea 21 1,089,699
6 Steady Shanshan Feng  China 17 989,712
7 Steady Beatriz Recari  Spain 22 977,132
8 Steady Lexi Thompson  United States 21 963,145
9 Steady Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 22 889,172
10 Steady Hee-Young Park  South Korea 23 811,760
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2 thoughts on “2013 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship Final Thoughts: Amy Yang Wins; Goodbye to Grace Park

  1. Amy flies under the radar and certainly is very capable of winning and she finally got one. Great for her. Since Solheim, I think Michelle Wie is a changed golfer in a good way. Funny thing is they said the same thing about Lexi after she won the week before. Even with a loss, perhaps Lexi’s first Solheim experience and Michelle again playing in it did something to them and for their own own self images.

    • What a great thing it would be for the LPGA if Lexi, Michelle, Jessica and other young Americans start consistently coming down the back 9 on Sundays battling for the win. Of course, I don’t mean to over look Paula Creamer and former world #1 Stacy Lewis, but among all the youngsters on tour, I kind of group Lexi and Jessica together with Paula and Stacy together. Michelle is sort of in-between the two, but seems to gravitate to BFF Jessica and that group.

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