S. Korean Jang wins, sets new 19-under record
SOUTH Korean Jang Ha Na made it two wins in as many months after she captured the HSBC Women's Champions yesterday.
The world No. 10 fired a closing seven-under 65 for a winning total of 269 at the Sentosa Golf Club. Her 19-under score was also a tournament record at the Serapong Course.
She finished four strokes ahead of Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum (68 and 273) at the US$1.5 million (S$2.06 million) tournament.
Jang's victory earned her the top prize of US$225,000.
She had won her maiden LPGA Tour title last month at the Coates Golf Championship.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko signed for a 69 and 281 and finished joint-15th, ahead of defending champion and second ranked Park In Bee (69 and 285), who was tied-30.
Singapore's Koh Sock Hwee ended the Republic's unwanted record of finishing last at all eight previous HSBC events.
Koh shot 75 and 298 total and was tied-59th in the 62-women field.
Next year's 10th edition could also see a new home, with talk of the tournament shifting across the road to the new Tanjong Course that is currently undergoing a $32 million redevelopment.
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