Park denies Davies to win Founders Cup

Carrie Guzman
March 20, 2018

Davies, three strokes behind Park before entering the final round, bogeyed the last for a 69 to finish five strokes back in a tie for second with Ariya Jutanugarn and Marina Alex.

Park celebrated her 19th LPGA Tour victory and first in a little over a year Sunday at Desert Ridge.

British veteran Laura Davis, 54, trailed her closely, but Park sealed her 19th LPGA victory by birdying four straight holes, showing off her excellent putting skills. She skipped the first three tournaments of the season before making her season debut at the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore as the defending champion earlier this month. She captured her previous title on the LPGA at the HSBC Women's Champions in March of a year ago.

After following an opening birdie with 10 pars, Park started her birdie run with a 15-footer from the fringe on the par-4 12th.

Not that she was totally convinced things would work out this way during her break from the game.

"I can just go and play and see if I can get a few more top 10 finishes this year, because the more I get up there, I might have a chance of winning again". "I didn't know how I was going to do out on the field", Park told LPGA.com. "This proved to me I can win and play some pain-free golf". "She's like my idol and I had so much fun".

"I think it really worked well as the timing-wise how the injuries happened and how I took some time off from golf". "I just felt like that was just really rusty from taking some break from past year". When you just keep playing golf for ten years nonstop you kind of want to take some time off and just think about something else and do something else.

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Park added, "I don't want to be a golfer who lives for fame". "I was just thinking to myself, 'They have to drop at some point.' And they just started dropping, dropping, dropping". That has been working good.

The LPGA Tour Hall of Famer didn't make a bogey over the final 36 holes of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup to win by five strokes.

"It would've been huge", Davies said. "I realized the record and how old I am now and not having won for God knows how many years on the LPGA". It would've been huge. She chipped in for eagle on 15, but bogeyed the 18th to fall into the tie for second.

"I'm just delighted the way the week has turned out", added the four-time major victor. It's a great finish for me. "It was nice, I suppose, to have that".

"I'll certainly have a crack at it", said Davies, who carded one eagle and seven birdies on day three in Arizona. "Maybe that did give them a glimpse into what it used to be like". She was in the lead after a 63 on Saturday, and opened with a birdie at the first.

It was though a disappointing week for Kirk after what had been a good start to the event.

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