Park Storms To Five-shot Win In Founders Cup

Ruben Hill
March 19, 2018

Aditi Ashok fired three birdies, against one bogey, in a third round card of two-under 70, to slip further to T-50, from overnight T-39, at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Dame Laura Davies fell short in her bid to become the oldest victor in LPGA Tour history, as Inbee Park stormed to a five-shot victory at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Park and Davies made an event all about honoring the tour's past while investing in its future something to savor in the moment. She was trying to win for the fifth time in Phoenix after taking the Moon Valley event from 1994-97.

Park, a seven-time major champion, birdied four straight holes on the back nine and finished with a 19-under par total of 269.

"It's a struggle", she said. "I can just go and play and see if I can have a few more top-10 finishes this year". "I almost shanked it".

Park closed with a 5-under 67 at Desert Ridge for her 19th LPGA Tour victory and first in a little over a year.

"It was a bogey, but then I chipped in for eagle at the second and it calmed me down".

"I got off to a really good start", Park said. "It was nice, I suppose, to have that". "But I'm actually quite pleased".

She also relished showing certain fans something. "But overall it's a good round", said the Thai No 1 who is looking for her first title since winning the CME Group Tour Championship in November. She captured her previous title on the LPGA at the HSBC Women's Champions in March of a year ago.

In the end, though, there was no catching Park, who continues to amaze with her ability to win coming back from long breaks after injuries. I can swing as hard as I want to.

Park, a seven-time major victor, opened with four birdies and an eagle in the first five holes and vaulted atop the leaderboard at 14-under 202.

Park is the second South Korean victor of the 2018 LPGA season, after rookie Ko Jin-young, who won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open in February. I just missed some tee shots. "I've given myself a chance".

Yet again, Park showed her ability to win after long breaks. The year she didn't win, 2016, was the same year she won Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro. She took eight months off after Rio and came back to win the HSBC Women's World Championship past year, in just her second start upon returning. "That just takes so much pressure off me".

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