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Pettersen comes from behind to win



World No 8 Suzann Pettersen of Norway came from two shots behind Korea’s Inbee Park to claim a one-stroke victory at the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship in China.

Pettersen fired a bogey-free six under 66 on the Sandbelt Trails Course on a hot and sunny final day at Mission Hills Haikou in tropical Hainan, southern China.

The 31 year-old from Oslo finished a shot clear of Park with a 72-hole total of 18 under par.

“I felt like there was a 64 out there today and I got off to a good start. My goal was to get it to 20 under par. I said if I get beat at 20, I can live with it. I know Inbee is in there and if she just gets one look at a putt, it’s in, so I had to bring my best and the putter was hot today,” Pettersen said.

“I’m very happy with how the game is and I’m just very happy to see the work that the China Golf Association does with the kids and how they grow the game.”

Pettersen saved her best golf of the week until the final day and she said, “I knew it would take the best to get this trophy but I was really keen on winning this tournament and it sets me up for a good start for this new year.”

Park fell behind early in the round and rallied with four birdies in five holes around the turn, however the 24-year-old World No 4 from Seoul stalled with a bogey on 15 which gave Pettersen a two-stroke advantage.

Although Park birdied the par-5 18th, after hitting her second shot into a bunker short of the green, she couldn’t close the gap.

Pettersen chipped from the side of the 18th green and took two putts to claim her 16th worldwide tournament victory and her sixth Ladies European Tour title.

She added: “I’ve been really enjoying myself here and I feel comfortable. I like coming back and playing on the European Tour.”

The Korean pair of Park and Ha-Neul Kim won the team event running concurrently, with a five-stroke victory over Norway, followed by Thailand five shots further behind.

Park said: “I don’t really worry about the team competition because we had a big lead for the last three days. I think we are pretty comfortable for the team event. So I just focus on the game as an individual today because I wanted to win this tournament.

"I didn’t play great today but Suzann played great so she did it. I am happy that we won as a team. It was a great experience.”

The 2012 event champion Shanshan Feng finished third on 11 under par and was the leading Chinese player.

World No 5 Feng said: “I think I played pretty well today. I had four birdies in the first eight holes, even though I was kind of having a little too much thinking in my head, so I didn’t make birdie on seven or eight, but I made two birdies in the last three, so I’m really happy about today’s play and I would say 11 under is not a bad score.”

Her younger namesake Simin Feng, aged 17, took the leading amateur prize, ending in a share of 35th place at three over and one stroke clear of nearest rival Michelle Cheung.

Meanwhile, Ha-Neul Kim took another honour by being voted the best dressed player on course as voted for by the public, with an incredible 1 016 191 votes cast in her favour during the tournament.

She beats last year’s winner Danielle Montgomery of England into second place, who garnered an equally impressive 902 672 votes.

The annual competition was launched on Wednesday evening at the official Opening Ceremony which saw the players trade golf gear for cocktail dresses and has steadily grown as voters from China and around the world have had their say on the outfits spotted on course.

Speaking of the accolade, the striking South Korean, dressed in blue and white to match teammate Park on Sunday, said: “I like to dress pretty on the course and then I can focus on the game.”

FINAL SCORES

270 – Suzann Pettersen 70 67 67 66

271 – Inbee Park 68 65 69 69

277 – Shanshan Feng 70 69 72 66

278 – Soo Jin Yang 69 69 68 72, Bo-Mi Suh 68 69 72 69

279 – Veronica Zorzi 70 67 72 70

280 – Dewi Claire Schreefel 71 71 68 70

281 – Xi Yu Lin 72 67 71 71, Carlota Ciganda 71 63 74 73, Hyo-Joo Kim 68 70 71 72, Gwladys Nocera 67 74 69 71

282 – Beth Allen 72 73 67 70, Bree Arthur 70 74 69 69, Trish Johnson 70 69 74 69, Ariya Jutanugarn 69 71 69 73

284 – Karen Lunn 72 71 70 71, Kristie Smith 69 70 75 70

285 – Nikki Campbell 72 72 73 68, Stefania Croce 70 75 67 73

286 – Sophie Walker 67 75 70 74

287 – Sophie Giquel-Bettan 73 69 72 73

288 – Nontaya Srisawang 74 69 73 72, Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA) 70 72 74 72 , Holly Aitchison 69 73 73 73

289 – Caroline Afonso 72 73 74 70, Felicity Johnson 72 72 75 70, Stephanie Na 70 72 75 72, Ha-Neul Kim 69 72 71 77, Valentine Derrey 68 72 79 70

290 – Joanna Klatten 76 69 73 72, Lydia Hall 73 72 78 67, Stacey Keating 73 72 74 71, Laura Davies 70 74 73 73, Linda Wessberg 67 77 71 75

291 – Elizabeth Bennett 73 72 72 74, Simin Feng (Am) 72 71 69 79

292 – Michelle Cheung (Am) 72 73 73 74, Anne-Lise Caudal 72 71 76 73, Kylie Walker 71 70 75 76

293 – Jia Yun Li 76 69 77 71, Melissa Reid 72 72 73 76, Klara Spilkova 71 71 76 75

294 – Yoon Kyung Heo 73 70 72 79

295 – Na Zhang 74 70 73 78, Mikaela Parmlid 74 67 73 81, Marianne Skarpnord 72 72 76 75, Russamee Gulyanamitta 72 70 78 75, Florentyna Parker 71 74 76 74

296Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) 72 72 75 77 , Jaruporn Palakawong Na Ayutthaya 70 71 75 80

297 – Becky Brewerton 72 72 75 78

298 – Li Ying Ye 73 71 78 76

300 – Narisara Kerdrit 69 74 80 77

301 – Yue Xia Lu 73 72 77 79

Report courtesy www.ladieseuropeantour.com

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