Inbee Park Wins 2015 HSBC Women’s Champions

Inbee Park (click to enlarge)

It was a dream final round scenario for the LPGA; the three best players in the world at the top of the leaderboard fighting it out for the 2015 HSBC Women’s Champions title. In American Stacy Lewis, they had the reigning Player of the Year. In South Korean Inbee Park, they had the previous Player of the Year who matched a 53-year old record by Babe Zaharias. In Kiwi Lydia Ko, they had perhaps the greatest prodigy in their history. When the dust settled, it was consistent flawless play from Inbee Park that would win the day. It was important for Inbee or Stacy to make an early season statement by halting Lydia’s momentum. Ko came in on a two tournament winning streak, winning the Women’s Australian Open and the New Zealand Women’s Open (both sponsored under ISPS Handa, but the New Zealand event is not an LPGA tournament). A trifecta at HSBC and maybe Lydia starts to run away from the field early. Despite being denied her third straight win, Lydia still might. She didn’t win on this day, but she will win on a lot of days to come. She is truly special and everybody knows it.

Stacy Lewis and caddie, Travis Wilson (click to enlarge)

Stacy Lewis couldn’t quite make a move on Sunday, matching two birdies with two bogeys. The highlight of her day might have been a fantastic putt from edge of the fringe to save par on 12 after getting her ball lost in a tree. Like Lydia, Lewis is a an exceptional talent who will continue to win as long as she wants to put in the work. However, this time Sunday belonged to Inbee Park. She didn’t torch the course in the final round. Her 2-under over 18 holes was very good to be sure. But it was her spotless play over four rounds, carding 15 birdies against zero bogeys, that earned her winner’s honors. She needed to be that good as her 15-under overall score bested Lydia Ko by 2 shots. For Inbee, it’s her 13th LPGA win. In addition to her prizemoney for winning, Inbee picked up an extra $7500 dollars betting her dad $500 per birdie vs -$1000 per bogey. Hopefully, she will let her dad off the hook for that one. LOL!

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1 INBEE PARK (-15)

2 LYDIA KO (-13)

3 STACY LEWIS (-11)

T4 SO YEON RYU (-10)

chasing Inbee Park’s caddie, Brad Beecher

T4 AZAHARA MUNOZ (-10)

T4 SHANSHAN FENG (-10)

T8 ANNA NORDQVIST (-8)

T8 HYO-JOO KIM (-8)

T12 LEXI THOMPSON (-7)

T18 JESSICA KORDA (-4)

T21 YANI TSENG (-3)

T21 DANIELLE KANG (-3)

T51 MICHELLE WIE (+4)

Her caddie, Duncan French, being named “Caddy of the Year” at the HSBC Women’s Champions

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Inbee Park 66 69 68 70 -2 -15 273 $210,000
2 Lydia Ko 68 70 67 70 -2 -13 275 $133,258
3 Stacy Lewis 69 69 67 72 E -11 277 $96,669
T4 Shanshan Feng 70 71 68 69 -3 -10 278 $61,406
T4 So Yeon Ryu 70 69 69 70 -2 -10 278 $61,406
T4 Azahara Munoz 70 67 70 71 -1 -10 278 $61,406
7 Caroline Masson 71 68 72 68 -4 -9 279 $41,221
T8 Ilhee Lee 72 72 71 65 -7 -8 280 $31,372
T8 Hyo-Joo Kim 70 74 69 67 -5 -8 280 $31,372
T8 Carlota Ciganda 69 66 74 71 -1 -8 280 $31,372
T8 Anna Nordqvist 69 70 68 73 +1 -8 280 $31,372
T12 Lexi Thompson 69 75 70 67 -5 -7 281 $23,273
T12 Na Yeon Choi 71 74 67 69 -3 -7 281 $23,273
T12 Lizette Salas 70 72 69 70 -2 -7 281 $23,273
T12 Suzann Pettersen 71 68 68 74 +2 -7 281 $23,273
T16 Sei-Young Kim 73 73 70 67 -5 -5 283 $19,480
T16 Mo Martin 68 72 73 70 -2 -5 283 $19,480
T18 Brittany Lincicome 74 71 67 72 E -4 284 $17,413
T18 Jenny Shin 68 70 73 73 +1 -4 284 $17,413
T18 Jessica Korda 72 67 70 75 +3 -4 284 $19,480
T21 Catriona Matthew 72 72 71 70 -2 -3 285 $15,321
T21 Danielle Kang 70 70 72 73 +1 -3 285 $15,321
T21 Yani Tseng 66 75 71 73 +1 -3 285 $15,321
T21 Karrie Webb 68 70 74 73 +1 -3 285 $15,321
T25 Haru Nomura 70 70 75 71 -1 -2 286 $13,680
T25 Beatriz Recari 72 74 70 70 -2 -2 286 $13,680
T27 Chella Choi 73 70 73 71 -1 -1 287 $12,403
T27 Karine Icher 74 71 70 72 E -1 287 $12,403
T27 Mina Harigae 73 73 69 72 E -1 287 $12,403
T30 Jane Park 73 71 72 72 E E 288 $10,798
T30 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 70 69 75 74 +2 E 288 $10,798
T30 Pornanong Phatlum 75 71 69 73 +1 E 288 $10,798
T30 Minjee Lee 70 73 75 70 -2 E 288 $10,798
T34 Belen Mozo 72 71 72 74 +2 +1 289 $9,338
T34 Christina Kim 73 75 69 72 E +1 289 $9,338
T34 Mi Hyang Lee 73 72 70 74 +2 +1 289 $9,338
T37 Angela Stanford 67 74 74 75 +3 +2 290 $7,328
T37 Hee Young Park 69 76 70 75 +3 +2 290 $7,328
T37 Meena Lee 71 70 76 73 +1 +2 290 $7,328
T37 Mirim Lee 75 75 68 72 E +2 290 $7,328
T37 Mariajo Uribe 68 76 74 72 E +2 290 $7,328
T37 In Gee Chun 74 71 74 71 -1 +2 290 $7,328
T37 Julieta Granada 74 74 72 70 -2 +2 290 $7,328
T37 Austin Ernst 73 72 75 70 -2 +2 290 $7,328
T37 Gerina Piller 71 74 75 70 -2 +2 290 $7,328
T46 Morgan Pressel 73 72 70 76 +4 +3 291 $5,544
T46 Cristie Kerr 73 74 71 73 +1 +3 291 $5,544
T46 I.K. Kim 74 70 74 73 +1 +3 291 $5,544
T46 Jing Yan 72 73 73 73 +1 +3 291 $5,544
T46 Line Vedel 78 69 73 71 -1 +3 291 $5,544
T51 Michelle Wie 73 70 74 75 +3 +4 292 $4,742
T51 Q Baek 77 69 73 73 +1 +4 292 $4,742
T51 Amy Yang 71 72 76 73 +1 +4 292 $4,742
T51 Pernilla Lindberg 73 73 74 72 E +4 292 $4,742
T55 Eun-Hee Ji 72 74 72 75 +3 +5 293 $4,304
T55 Paula Creamer 74 71 74 74 +2 +5 293 $4,304
T57 Brittany Lang 72 75 71 76 +4 +6 294 $4,013
T57 Haeji Kang 72 74 74 74 +2 +6 294 $4,013
59 Lee-Anne Pace 72 70 79 76 +4 +9 297 $3,794
60 Caroline Hedwall 75 76 66 81 +9 +10 298 $3,648
61 Sandra Gal 73 71 78 78 +6 +12 300 $3,576
62 M.J. Hur 78 71 76 76 +4 +13 301 $3,502
63 Sock Hwee Koh 79 77 76 75 +3 +19 307

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