A fast-finishing Hyu Joo Kim has claimed the HSBC Women’s World Championship by a single stroke over Australia’s Hannah Green.
Korea’s Hyu Joo Kim carded a final-round 8-under 64 to edge out Australia’s Hannah Green by a stroke to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Hong Kong.
Kim’s bogey-free round was flawless with eight birdies in 11 holes in the middle part of her round to get into the clubhouse at 17-under par.
After some late heroics, the tournament slipped from the grasp of Green with bogeys on the final two holes.
Green holed her pitch shot at the short par-4 14th hole for eagle and holed a 20-foot putt for birdie two holes to take a one-stroke lead with two holes remaining.
But from there, things got a little ugly around the greens.
Green three-putted the 17th and then saw her third shot from just off the green at the final hole storm past the hole leaving her a difficult shot back to force a playoff.
The returning putt never looked like going in and the tournament was Kim’s.
Obviously disappointed, Green was upbeat after the round and told AAP published in the West Australian:
“I didn’t really feel like I was in it until I holed the shot on 14. That was a nice way to get my momentum,” said Green.
“I made a really good putt on 16 to make birdie, but obviously pretty disappointed to have two 3-putts finishing.
“I’m obviously very close (to a win), so I just hope that I can continue this momentum and who knows, have a good result next week.”