Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Inbee Park Shoots 10-Under 61 to Win LPGA Tour's Manulife Financial Classic

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Inbee Park Shoots 10-Under 61 to Win LPGA Tour's Manulife Financial Classic

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Inbee Park wins Manulife Financial Classic


WATERLOO, Ont. - Despite periods of steady rain, Inbee Park was on fire.

The South Korean burned up Grey Silo Golf Course on Sunday, tying a course record of 10-under 61 to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic by three strokes at 23-under par.

Five birdies on the front nine and five on the back sealed the 10th career win and first this season for Park, who was two strokes off leader Shanshan Feng of China heading into the final round. Feng faltered on the day and was only able to shoot 3 under par 68 to finish at 18 under, slipping into third place.

Miami's Christie Kerr blew by Feng with a bogey-free round of 8 under 63 to finish at 20-under par.

Park will take home the $225,000 of the $1.5-million moving her up to fourth on the money list this season at $744,510. Kerr earned $136,903 and Feng $99,314.

Had it not been for Park's scorching putter, Kerr might have caught her.

"It seems like today I just put the putter head on my ball and it just wants to go in the hole. It was just one of those days where I really didn't need to try hard to make it go in. I just needed to really trust my break and just play my own golf," Park said, explaining her barrage of birdies.

Park admitted she peeked at the leaderboard from time to time, as she didn't really pull away from the pack until she birdied the 14th hole to go to 22-under par and stretch her lead to four strokes.

"I didn't really watch the board all the time. I watched a couple times and I knew everybody was having a good score. I didn't know where Christie was because she wasn't playing with me, but I always knew where Shanshan was."

Feng said she was in awe of Park's putting, not believing that she could sink so many birdies. At one point, Park was in position for a coveted and extremely rare 59.

"I was joking with her, because she made all the putts almost ... I said, 'Do you have GPS in your ball'," Feng said with a laugh.

"She said this was her first time to putt this well this year. I said 'well, I bring you good luck,' so she owes me dinner now. She's going to spend a lot of money."

Though she had a hard time keeping pace with Park, Feng wouldn't let up and concede the tournament. …

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